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Woman killed in Loop murder-suicide was devoted mom, friends say

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Friends of a Tinley Park woman the police say was killed by her boyfriend in a murder-suicide Friday at a Loop loan store say she was a devoted mother who spoke often about her four children.

Authorities identified her as 44-year-old Alma B. Hernandez and the dead man as dead as 45-year-old Richard Idrovo.

They lived in the 17700 block of Flannagan Court in Tinley Park with Idrovo’s mother, according to a neighbor.

Idrovo walked to the back of the AmeriCash Loans store where Hernandez worked at about 2:30 p.m. Friday and shot her twice, then walked back to the front of the store and took his own life, according to police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

“She’s shot a couple of times, he’s shot once in the head,” McCarthy told reporters.

McCarthy said the gun was recovered and that the man had a concealed-carry permit, but police were investigating whether the man was licensed to carry the gun that was used.

Neighbors in Tinley Park were shocked.

“I loved Alma and Richard, and I’m very upset,” said one neighbor, who didn’t want to be named. “They are two wonderful people, and something went wrong.”

Molly Surowitz, a co-worker at Hernandez’s other job at a Baird-Warner office in La Grange, said Hernandez had started working there earlier this year in residential real estate.

“She was a wonderful person, and we’re sincerely saddened, and our concern is for her children,” Surowitz said Saturday.

Surowitz said Hernandez spoke of her four children often.

“She was just a warm, committed person,” she said. “She was a great mother. She loved her kids very much.”

On Friday, workers spilled out of surrounding office buildings to find out what happened.

They included Darlene Matos, 25, who until recently had worked for AmeriCash loans and knew one of the employees in the store. Matos said she worked for AmeriCash Loans for two years before leaving to work for a different loan company located in an office building across the street. Every AmeriCash store she worked at had bulletproof glass protecting employees, she said.

“When you work in this business, people come in off the street, and you never know who’s coming in,” she said.

Jennifer Kerrigan, 53, a legal assistant at a law firm in the same office building across from the AmeriCash store, said she came outside for a cigarette just before 3 p.m. and saw police swarming the store.

“I’ve worked in this building 20 years, and nothing like this has ever happened,” Kerrigan said.

Besides AmeriCash, the strip of stores includes a Chicken Planet, Dunkin Donuts, Downtown Tobacco, Tokyo Lunchbox Catering and Taco Burrito King.

Contributing: Maudlyne Ihejirika

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