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1 brother charged, 2nd sought in Berwyn man's slaying

Tribune reporter

An Austin man was denied bail today in the murder of a Berwyn man early Thursday in what prosecutors said today was a dispute over whether the victim would give someone drugs.

Martin Garcia, 20, of the 5800 block of West Roosevelt Road, faces a first-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of Abraham Atempa-Silva at the victim’s residence early Thursday, according to court records and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Atempa-Silva and Martin Garcia’s brother had been out drinking and returned with acquaintances to the residence on the 1300 block of South Ridgeland Avenue in Berwyn, according to court records.

The brother demanded drugs from Atempa-Silva at the residence at about 3:45 a.m., according to Assistant State’s Attorney Sean Brady. Atempa-Silva refused to give the man drugs, and the two men began to argue. At that point, the brother called Martin Garcia and told him to bring him a gun, Brady said.

Martin Garcia acquiesced and arrived shortly with the gun in a box, according to Brady.

Emmanuel Garcia argued with the victim and then shot him in the head, Brady said.

Atempa-Silva, 33, was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. Thursday at Berwyn’s MacNeal hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The brothers fled after the shooting, but Martin Garcia returned to dispose of the gun, according to court records.

Garcia’s brother remains at large “due to the assistance” of Martin Garcia, according to court records.

Multiple witnesses said Martin Garcia provided the murder weapon to his brother, according to court documents.

Martin Garcia was arrested Saturday and made incriminating statements to police regarding his and his brother’s roles in the shooting, according to court records.

Berwyn police did not return calls seeking comment Sunday.

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