Just senseless: Man killed because his hat was tilted to the wrong side – See Photo (of alleged killers)

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Chicago man was killed because his hat was tilted to the wrong side, according to authorities who are investigating his death.

Jose M. Garcia, 18, and Jose Rebollar-Verara, 24 say that they thought the tilt of Gabriel Gonzales’ hat indicated that he was a member of a rival gang, according to police.

Gonzales was leaving the One Stop Food and Liquor store at around 12:45 AM when when Garcia and Rebollar-Verara began harassing him. Initially the two assailants began flashing gang signs, and that’s when Gonzales turned to run away. Garcia allegedly shot him ten times. Gonzales died at the scene. Gonzales was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead at 1:52 a.m., according to police.

There is no evidence that Gonzales was ever affiliated with a gang. Witnesses at the scene identified both Garcia and Rebollar-Verara, but police are also looking for a third man who was also flashing gang signs at the victim.

Both Garcia and Rebollar-Verara have long criminal records, with Garcia having been arrested 30 previous times and Rebollar-Verara having been arrested eight previous times.

Both men are currently being held on $3 million dollars bond. Gonzales’ mother and girlfriend were both in attendance at the bond hearing.


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