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Man killed in Northwest Side shooting

A man was fatally shot in the face early Monday in the Northwest Side Belmont Cragin neighborhood.

Walter Velez, 26, was standing in an alley with friends in the 2100 block of North Merrimac about 12:15 a.m. when someone walked up, yelled gang slogans and opened fire, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Velez was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was pronounced dead at 2:41 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said. His home address was not yet known.

An autopsy Tuesday found he died of a gunshot wound and ruled his death a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said.