Eduardo Jaramillo ran up and down the stairs of the apartment building in West Pullman screaming for help. Then shots rang out and Jaramillo fell, shot in the head.
The 23-year-old collapsed outside the second-floor apartment of Elaina Chatlos, who lives with her mother and three children above the Faith & Love Fellowship Church in the 300 block of East Kensington Avenue.
“All (my mom) said was, he was running up and down the stairs," Chatlos said. "All she seen was a whole pile of blood and a black and yellow jacket."
Chatlos was at work downtown when her mother called around 8:30 p.m. Thursday and told her about the shooting. She rushed home but was blocked from her home by yellow crime scene tape that stretched in front of the building.
She spotted her 7-year-old son in the second-floor window, looking down on the blue police lights and large white forensics truck the size of an RV.
“I’m leaving. My kids go to a charter school, they do not need to see this. Oh my goodness,” Chatlos said, pausing and sighing. “I just feel sorry for whoever it is.”
Police let more than a dozen people out of the church about an hour after the shooting. A police spokesman said “a number of people” heard gunfire before Jaramillo was found. No one was in custody, and police had no description of the shooter.
The tiny enclave of mostly Hispanic residents on the Far South Side is anchored by Kensington Avenue and boxed in by Michigan Avenue to the west and elevated train tracks about three blocks east. The area is claimed by a gang faction described by police as “autonomous” because it is separated from other factions of the same gang in the city.
Jaramillo lived around the block, in the 11700 block of South Front Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. When word of his death spread, young men pulled into the gravel lot across the street, wanting to know who was dead inside the building. Others approached from the west.
Some wore hats and coats of Pittsburgh sports teams with black and yellow logos, the colors of the gang in the neighborhood. A five-point crown and a tilted pitchfork -- known gang symbols -- were carved into the sidewalk next to the building where Jaramillo died.
The young men stood in groups of two or three, sometimes next to an open window of an occupied car or truck, and squinted to avoid gusts that kicked up dust. Occasionally, a car would speed off, kicking up a cloud of gravel dust.
Lights from their cell phones lit up the undersides of their hats, and most of the young men retreated to a dark corner of the vacant lot.
Chatlos paced the lot in a gray hoodie, smoking a cigarette and checking her phone.
A maroon minivan approached from the east, its driver-side window down, and the woman inside asked with a slight tremble: “Have you guys seen Eddie?”
Chatlos answered, “No.”