Pregnant Teen Dies in Tragic Christmas Shooting, Doctors Save Her Baby

State   Steven Ertelt   Dec 27, 2013   |   6:11PM    Chicago, IL

Chicago has become the murder capital of America for the large number of shootings and murder victims it produces and, tragically, Christmas day was no exception. Young Eva Casara told her grandmother she was leaving the house and asked when dinner was ready. Sadly, the pregnant teenager never made it back home.

The only silver lining in the case is officials were able to rescue her unborn baby.

From the story:

Hours later, police found the 17-year-old girl, 5 ½-months pregnant, shot in the head and left in the snow between two homes in the 1100 block of East 152nd Street in south suburban Dolton.

Doctors were able to keep the teen alive long enough to deliver her baby, who survived the attack, her family said.

“She’s fighting for her little life,” Eva’s grandmother Fannie Casara told the Sun-Times. “She weighs only about a pound and a half.”

Fannie Casara said her granddaughter left her home Wednesday afternoon but didn’t mention where she was going. She also had plans to see her mother in Calumet City. Family members tried to call her repeatedly but her phone went straight to voicemail.

The tragic news came about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, with a police officer knocking on Fannie Casara’s front door.

“They said they found her. They don’t know how long she had been laying there. They had shot her in the back of the head. Her purse was gone, her money was gone, her iPhone was gone. Coat gone. They treated her like a dog and just shot her in the back of the head,” Fannie Casara said.

The teen was rushed to Franciscan St. Margaret Health Hospital in Hammond, Ind., and then transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Dolton Police Chief John C. Franklin said.

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Eva went into cardiac arrest three times, her grandmother said. But doctors kept her alive long enough to save the baby.