Man set for trial in 2012 murder now charged in 2010 killing

Written By BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter Posted: 04/04/2014, 02:38pm

A purported Satan Disciple already in jail awaiting trial for a 2012 murder was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail Friday in what police believe was a gang-related related shooting death in Little Village two years before.

Luis Padin shot at and killed 22-year-old Jennifer Alvarado after she and her friends were asked what their gang affiliation was on Sept. 6, 2010, Cook County prosecutors said.

“What’s you bitches is?” someone in a group of eight to 10 men on the street asked the women, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini.

The women were in a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am at 24th and Washtenaw, Santini said, and Alvarado, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, responded: “We’re girls.”

As the three women drove off, intending to pick up another friend so they could go to a concert, Padin allegedly stepped up and began firing inside the car.

The bullets Padin fired went through the rear of the car and passed through the rear passenger seat and front passenger seat before striking Alvarado in the back, Santini said.

Padin, now 23, was identified by witnesses after the shooting, Santini said. More witnesses stepped forward in 2011; also, last year, detectives learned Padin allegedly admitted his role in the deadly shooting to others.

Two years after Alvarado was killed, Padin, of the 2600 block of West Luther Street, was charged in the 2012 murder.

He is expected to go on trial for that crime next week.


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