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Extra Patrols Ordered in Forest Park Neighborhood After Two Deadly Shootings in Two Days

(Angel Llorens)

(Angel Llorens)

Two deadly shootings in two days leaves Forest Park residents nervous.

Jackie Rosado arrived at the Belmont Avenue shooting scene just in time to see her little brother, 22 year old Angel Llorens, get rushed into an ambulance Wednesday.

“He didn’t do drugs, he didn’t drink, you know he didn’t go out and look for trouble, he was just a wholesome person,” Rosado said.

Police say at least two suspects showed up at Angell’s house around 1030, when an argument ensued. From outside, the suspects allegedly got Llorens to come out of his apartment, down these stairs, and that’s when they pulled the gun. Neighbors rushed to help, including Bobbie Pendleton, who comforted Llorens in his final breaths.

“It just doesn’t make sense. Not Angel. He was just a all around great kid,” Pendleton said. “He worked at a liquor store and drank coffee all the time.”

A stream of customers stopped in Thursday at City Line Liquors to offer their condolences to Lloren’s co workers, who told ABC40 that he was their hardest worker.

“He was always looking for approval. you know, showing everybody that he was a good man and that he worked hard and he picked up hours and did everything he could to be a better person,” Rosado said. “He was just a wonderful boy.”

Police aren’t saying what sparked the argument, but don’t believe that it was not drugs or gang related.

“It’s not one of those murders in Springfield where it’s like ‘ohh you know he may have sold drugs or he may have done this.’ No, it was just completely senseless,” Rosado said. “I just want people to know he was a good person.”

Rosado believes her little brother was killed over cars. Some residents reported seeing a dark colored sedan with possibly up to three men fleeing the scene.
Detectives also stress that these shootings were not random and they were not connected, so there is no reason for a heightened public fear of violence this weekend. Commissioner William Fitchet has also ordered extra police patrols “around the clock in this neighborhood,” according to Delaney.

Llorens’ death marks the city’s second homicide in two days. On Tuesday night, another man was shot and killed on Orange Street.

If you have any information on either of the murders, you are asked to contact the Springfield Police Detective Bureau at (413) 787-6355 or ‘Text-a-Tip.’

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