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Man charged with gang-related murder of woman in 2010

A 23-year-old man has been charged with killing a woman in what police believe was a gang-related shooting September 2010 in the West Side Little Village neighborhood.

Luis Padin

Luis Padin, 23, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in connection with the cold case shooting on Sept. 6, 2010, according to Chicago Police.

Jennifer Alvarado, 22, was riding in the front passenger seat of a vehicle in the 2700 block of West 24th Street when Padin pulled alongside the vehicle and asked about their gang affiliation, police said.

Alvarado and the driver ignored the question and pulled away, police said. Padin then fired a shot at the vehicle, striking Alvarado in the back.

Alvarado, of the 8400 block of South Racine Avenue, was taken to Saint Anthony Hospital, where she died at 6:56 p.m. the following day, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Padin, of the 2600 block of West Luther Street, was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by Area Central Cold Case detectives and the Area Central Gang Enforcement Division, police said.

He is expected to appear in bond court Thursday.