Berwyn woman catches her robber, loses job and apartment

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A clerk at 7-Eleven, Nereida "Nelly" Juarez of Berwyn couldn't believe her eyes when she saw the man with the teardrop tattoo who had held a gun to her head the previous day. He was stumbling down Roosevelt Road in the middle of the afternoon.

"I recognized the way he was walking, sort of sideways, like he was dozing off into mid-air," Juarez said.

Just an hour earlier, around 1:45 p.m. Saturday, March 9, Jeremy Seeman, age 35, had followed a Cicero woman into the ATM vestibule at Charter One bank, 6020 W. Roosevelt Rd. According to Oak Park police reports, Seeman pointed a gun at the woman and said, "Give it to me." He then added, "Don't worry, it's insured." The victim told police he snatched two $20 bills from her hand. As Seeman was leaving the vestibule, the victim grabbed the bills back and they ripped. Seeman fled with a scrap of each bill in his hand, and ran across Roosevelt Road through the Lucky Dog parking lot in Berwyn.

An hour later, as Juarez was picked up from her 7-Eleven shift by her husband, she spotted Seeman. The couple exited their car.

"I acted like I was going into the laundromat and called Berwyn police," she said. "My husband stood near him, pretending to be picking things up off the ground."

Berwyn and Oak Park police arrived and took Seeman into custody. He still had the ripped corners of the $20 bills in his pocket. He asked police if he could keep them for a souvenir.

Berwyn police had been staking Seeman's father's house in the 1300 block of South Harvey Avenue and had issued a bulletin to neighboring police departments, said Berwyn Police Commander Sandro Scardamaglia.

"She just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Scardamaglia said of Juarez. "We knew who we were looking for. We had officers undercover."

Juarez agreed to speak to Wednesday Journal because she said she wanted people to know how damaging Seeman's crimes were to her as, "an ordinary person, a mom with two kids."

Scardamaglia said of Juarez, "We would certainly never advise anyone to do what she did, trying to take the law into your own hands."

"Luckily [Seeman] was caught before anybody got seriously hurt," Scardamaglia added.

But even though no one was physically hurt in Seeman's arrest, he caused plenty of mental pain to his victims.

Seeman, a heroin addict, was convicted Aug. 8 of 12 robberies and armed robberies in Berwyn, Oak Park, Cicero and Chicago in late 2012 and 2013. He was sentenced to 10 21-year terms, one 15-year term and one seven-year term, to be served concurrently. He is now at the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton, Ill.

Berwyn police still believe he committed a beauty parlor "lick" — the slang he used to describe his armed robberies — Jan. 24 at a salon on Cermak Road, but they were unable to gain a conviction for that incident.

After interviewing Seeman, police recovered a black metal Colt pellet gun in a backpack beneath the porch of his father's house. Both Juarez and the vestibule victim identified the gun.

Juarez was called "Red" at her 7-Eleven job because of her red-tinted hair. That's what the many police officers from Cicero, Oak Park and Berwyn who stopped in while on the job called her. She had worked in the building at Roosevelt and East Avenue before when it was a Blockbuster Video store, and had many of the same customers, she said.

After she assisted in Seeman's arrest, the word spread amongst officers who congratulated her as they stopped in for coffee.

"Some of the officers said, 'Red, you really should get the reward,'" said Juarez.

But there was no reward.

"Our officers don't have authorization to tell her that she's going to get compensated in any way," said Scardimaglia. "[Juarez] was unable to identify the officer who told her there was a reward."

In fact, Juarez's life was about to be turned upside down.

After the initial exuberance of the arrest, Juarez was taken to the Berwyn police station to identify Seeman in a lineup.

"I was so happy that day," she said.

She saw other women there, she estimated around 20, other victims of [Seeman's] armed robberies, but she was not allowed to speak to them. After picking Seeman out of a lineup and answering some questions, she said she was ignored for an hour and a half.

"I waited for someone to drive me home. Finally I recognized a woman who worked in the parking ticket office. Her daughter used to work with me. She drove me home."

Addiction drove risky crimes

A father of three, Jeremy Seeman worked part time as a mover, but told police he was addicted to heroin and Xanax pills for two years. He told police he had a relative who was allowing him to use his credit cards to buy merchandise he would sell for drug money until late 2012. Then Seeman began to commit crimes, sometimes with an accomplice in Chicago and sometimes alone. The majority of the Berwyn armed robberies for which he was convicted were within walking distance of his house.

His victims were almost all women, usually clerks in gas stations, grocery or convenience stores. Seeman was convicted of robbing the Circle K Shell station at 6405 W. Roosevelt Rd. twice, once on Dec. 24 and again on Feb. 3. Both times he entered with a ski mask obscuring his face, handed the female clerk a note demanding money and saying he had a gun. He also demanded a carton of Newport cigarettes. One clerk told police as he was leaving he said, "Merry Christmas" to her and she told police she thought she recognized his voice and that he might be a regular customer.

He was convicted of robbing the Berwyn Food shop, 1400 S. Kenilworth on Jan. 20 and police think he robbed the Golden Shears, 6228 W. Cermak on Jan. 24. In that robbery, the offender, also wearing a ski mask, displayed a foot-long knife and took money from the cash register and a hair dresser's purse.

The crimes Seeman committed in Chicago were more violent. With an accomplice Seeman robbed the Safe and Sound auto stereo store at 5145 W. Diversey Ave. last Jan. 30 taking cell phones and the nightly cash deposit, as well as money from the register. The accomplice demanded the clerk lie on the ground and held a semi-automatic pistol to his back and head.

After he was arrested, Seeman told police he thought he'd either end up dead or in jail. He said he used seven or more "jabs" of heroin per day.
When Seeman entered Juarez's 7-Eleven alone around 2:30 p.m. March 8, he asked for a piece of pizza.

"He told me he was really hungry, and he paid with a handful of change," Juarez said. "He asked me if I would heat the pizza up for him, so I showed him how to work the microwave. He asked for salt and pepper."

Juarez, who has a family member with drug problems, said she could tell Seeman was under the influence of drugs.

"He was scratching his face and touching himself on his lips a lot. That's what drug addicts do, they get really itchy."

Her co-worker slipped into the back office and Seeman suddenly pulled out the Colt and held it close to her face. She saw the tear-shaped tattoo below his left eye and another on his wrist and arm.

Juarez said he told her, "I'm sorry to do this to you. You need to open up the register and give me all the money. Do not scream for your coworker." Juarez gave him the money, even the rolls of coins. He fled out the double doors, dropping coins in the snow as he ran through the parking lot. The loss was $142.32.

Looking back, Juarez said she was excited at first that she had caught the man who robbed her. She was especially excited about the reward that officers mentioned offhand as they came into the shop.

But when she visited the police departments of Berwyn, Cicero and Oak Park, she was told there was no reward offered.

Cook County Crimestoppers Volunteer Chairman George McDade said his organization gave cash rewards to people for turning in criminals, but Juarez would have had to have followed a special procedure to collect.

He said she would have had to have called Crimestoppers first, gotten a code number and then called 911.

"All Crimestoppers programs have the same criteria, they are tracked through a code number," McDade said. "I don't think you're going to find a cash reward for that, but [Juarez] and her husband should be recognized for bravery."

Meanwhile, Juarez, who suffered from anxiety in the past, had trouble sleeping and felt like problems were piling up on her.

Juarez said the 7-Eleven management did not thank her, nor did they address the problems that she thought made the store dangerous, like double doors that swung outwards and a panic button in plain sight that she was afraid to push with a gun to her head.

Instead, she said, co-workers started treating her suspiciously.

"People at work were saying I must know [Seeman], because I caught him," she said.

She checked herself into Loyola University Medical Center for a couple of days under the care of her therapist and a psychiatrist. Then she was told she could not take any more days off her job.

"I could not go back to work."

After three and a half years working in the building — first Blockbuster, then the convenience store — Juarez was fired from 7-Eleven and has not found another job.

Her husband, an army reservist and chemical weapons expert was called up to be sent to the Middle East and had to leave their home for training in Wisconsin. Then the building in which the family rented an apartment in Chicago was foreclosed and all the tenants were evicted last month. Juarez and her two children -- 4th grade and preschool -- are living with her mother-in-law in Cicero now. She's worried her daughter will get kicked out of the Chicago charter school she attends.

Juarez was even more shocked when she found out the identity of Seeman's accomplice, Daniel Vega, 35, of Cicero – a heroin user who was formerly married to a relative. Vega is charged with 10 counts of robbery and is in Cook County jail without bond awaiting a court date Nov. 6.

"If anyone in my family knew Daniel was involved with this, I feel like I was set up," she said.

Heroin market's cost

River Forest police officer Marty Grill is a member of the West Suburban Drug and Gang Task Force (WEDGE).

"People don't realize the power heroin has on society in our area," Grill said. "There's a huge nexus between heroin abuse and addiction and property crime in River Forest and Oak Park."

"If you tolerate drug sales, all you're doing is proliferating the local crime issue."

In Seeman's case, the police work is finished, Seeman is convicted, sentenced and in prison now.

But Grill acknowledges victims of violent crimes often feel helpless long after the legal system considers the case closed.

"When they don't understand the [trial] process, victims can feel like they don't have a sense of control over their lives," Grill said. Grill said there are victim and witness specialists with the States Attorney's office who can work with victims to help them understand the court timeline and process, but they are a small department.

For Juarez, having lost her job and home, and being separated from her husband's support, life has become more difficult.

"I never got a thank you from Berwyn, nothing from Oak Park, Cicero. I put this guy away and never even got a thank you from 7-Eleven," Juarez said.

"Jeremy's in jail, he's OK," she added. "I'm jealous of him. He knows that he's going to eat today and where he's going to sleep tonight."

"I know I'm not the only one who's mentally suffering. He put a gun to me over $142.32," she said. "He took my peace."

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nelly from ciciero  

Posted: November 9th, 2013 9:15 PM

all worth it I thank every one that take there time to read n comment back to my story thank you

nelly from cicero  

Posted: November 9th, 2013 9:08 PM

I didn't get hurt physically but mentally im screw Jeremy came in my store as a good customer I serve him with full respect and kindness for him to put a gun to me n take away my sanity is wrong I stil think bout those 2 min all the time even thou he is behind bars it is still stuck in my head n I know I have to get over it or let it go but its been really hard for me n I didn't quit my job I went back to work every day til I got rob again that time they just came in n took stuff no weapon

nelly from cicero  

Posted: November 9th, 2013 9:01 PM

thank you m120 from oak park ive try to get help like that b4 and that y I had contacted jean 7 11 told me don't speak about anything and everyone else shut me down I would love for someone else to help me I feel I deserve it there was a reward for him but since I didn't follow the procedure I get nothing I didn't tell my story to get the money but to bring the truth bout 711 n lack of security there r other employees losing there job after being rob n getting hurt

M120 from Oak Park  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 10:17 PM

Nellie - you have a lot of supporters who think you are entitled to a monetary award. Why doesn't someone help you start an one of those online petitions to get the reward, if the police won't give it to you maybe private individuals, including the posters to this column outraged no reward, will controbute. Inthe meantime, you should try to move on. You were brave & clever in catching this man and I'm sure your family is very proud but by not letting go you are giving him control over your life.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 2:01 PM

Nelly, if your main reason is pointing out lack of security at a 7-11, make some suggestions. To prevent what happened to you several video camera's are set up showing the entire store. The signals are sent to your monitors at home. Shoppers do their own scanning and bagging and if they have questions you can talk to them using a speaker. Payment is made with cash, credit or debit to a secure machine. Your job is to call Police if anyone exits without paying.

Foomer  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 1:55 PM

Wow that was a confusing article, very hard to read. I am still not sure what 7/11 is supposed to do to stop robberies though? What measures to other convenience stores take?

nelly from cicero  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 12:56 PM

me too im for ever know as nelly from Berwyn and people always assume I know svengoolie which I have meet him but don't know him lol

nelly from cicero  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 12:53 PM

that 711 store is corporate and they pay less they franchise and thank u for ur kindness

nelly from cicero  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 12:49 PM

since that store open oct 31 2012 there been theft almost every day and nothing is being done about it they just write it off because 711 got money and that all they care about n that y I want to expose 711

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 12:48 PM

Cont. in danger. It's not right although 7-11 is a franchise and perhaps it's the responsibility of the individual stores to make sure to ensure their employees' safety. Keep your head up, girl! It's gonna be okay.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 12:46 PM

@Nelly: I am branded for life as a Berwynite? Okay...In any case, have you contacted corporate headquarters of 7-11 about their lack of safety precautions after your incident? I would press them to address these issues because they put their employees

nelly from cicero  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 12:45 PM

lol, violet aura yes u r a berwyn woman I live there for 12 years and my fist job was at blockbuster on Roosevelt and east then I work for 7 11 on 16 and east I am a very nice person and I treat everyone with respect I am a people person I don't judge or belittle anyone I wanted to say thank you to sppedway from oakpark you seem to b the only 1 that got my point about safety 2 day after being rob with a gun a girl goes in the store n steal a whole section and there nothing I could do

nelly from cicero  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 12:25 PM

for violet aura I quess u r a Berwyn woman when I got married I move to Berwyn and my first job was at blockbuster on Roosevelt and east then I work at 7 11 on east and 16th then at fair share I know many people in Berwyn just from working in Berwyn

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 11:23 AM

LOL--Nelly, you are in Cicero and being called a Berwyn woman. I lived in Berwyn for 17 years so am I a Berwyn woman?

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 5:45 AM

Working at 7-11 is a risky job. There have been many reports of robberies to these types of stores. Since you are a CNA perhaps it would be safer and wiser to pursue this. The money is much better but alas the job is much more strenuous. Still it is very rare to be held up at gunpoint. Your safety is what matters and it does look like you have some choices. Good luck to you.

nelly from cicero  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 4:11 AM

so you can belittle what I do but it wont stop me for taking care of my family and I want to say thank you to jean lotus for taking her time to listen to me and help me expose 7 11 thank you

nelly from cicero  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 4:06 AM

this is for monica from Chicago first of all I graduate high school and continue my education as a cna and cosmetologist I am a mother of two and a wife of 11 years I work hard all my life and I always gave people the benfits of doubt you can not knock down being a cashier at 711 it is not what you think im not asking for recognition im want the truth to come out about 711 corporate don't care for us cashier I need to work to provide for my family being a customer service rep is what I do best

monica from chicago  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 2:45 AM

... being a good sameritan. Geez Louise! I would suggest an education to better yourself (I was able to tell, due to your poor grammar). Stop asking for recognition and become a true professional. I hate to have judged this way, but I couldn't resist considering my own experience.

monica from chicago  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 2:36 AM

Wow! I may be a little mystified I don't know where to begin. Call me insensitive, but I have been held at gun point by three me. They may have taken over $400 cash along w/ valuables. The men were caught because I secretly followed them to their vehicle and noted their license plate number. My point is and I hate to say this, but you are being a little dramatic. You should have quit your job - who wants to work at a 7 eleven? Asking for a compensation? That never crossed my mind! It's called

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 3:14 PM

Make shorter if you can. k i get y she go 2 hospital u got gone ur face u 2 kids n u think he kill u ur life got a reality chk dam people cant get

naru87 from berwyn   

Posted: November 7th, 2013 2:41 PM

ok so i get y she had to go to the hospital you have a gone in ur face u have 2 kids and u think he will kill u hell ur life just got a reality check dam some people cant get

Icantstandanymore  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 1:00 PM

please, between the article and the response from Nereida my head is spinning. Nereida, god bless you, your family and your husband while serving our country, but please, stop the madness of trying to clarify or maybe have someone proof read it for you before submitting your comments. As for 7 Eleven, aside from having armed guards, what else should they be doing? Not much more they can do.

nereida from cicero  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 11:42 AM

all I wanted was to be heard I was rob on march 8 2013 at 206 pm in the afternoon by Jeremy seeman the next day march 9 2013 245 pm I caught Jeremy seeman and the next day I work and so on I continue to work yes I was told there was a reward for him he was wanted in Berwyn, cicero, oak park and Chicago look him up google him know what I now know what he done, I did what police fail to do, care , also 711 fail to care it sad for cashier like me to work and then lose it all thank you

nereida from cicero  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 11:30 AM

good afternoon I nelly wanted to clear up some confuses I live in berywn for 12 years my first job was blockbuster 2nd job 711 after being rob I did continue to work but as time went on and 711 did nothing for my sercurity and they brush it off just like they brush off the other robbies that happened in the store what can you do there was to much going on its not right for 711 to be quiet it is not safe to work in that store and it sad we have to do more than what we have to

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 9:47 AM

Nereida, thank you for caring about our community's safety! If your life has seemed to go downhill since that good act, have no worries--everything is about cause and effect and you will automatically be blessed for this no matter what it looks like now. IMO, the article should have focused on 7/11's lack of concern about strengthening their security for employees! I am sure they don't pay much per hour and it's a very dangerous job! So I would pursue it on a corporate level. Good luck to you!

Neighbor from Oak Park  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 8:31 AM

Hi Nereida, I read your story and I'm sorry you are going through this rough time. I hope you will find a better job in the days ahead, one where you are more appreciated. You would be a valuable employee to any organization. Stay strong.

nereida from cicero  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 8:07 AM

good morning and thank you and everyone who read this story I wanted my story to be told because I feel it is very unfair to work your butt off for 9 a hour and go threw what I went threw for nothing honestly I came forward because im tired of coroparate ignorning the hard working people like me I didn't have to get rob I didn't and wasn't responsible for catching Jeremy im not a police men I am and was a cashier and a mother of two and a wife of 11 years I did what police couldn't do 2 1/2 year

Jim from South Oak Park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 8:15 PM

I'm all for the Journal offering her a job. Maybe as a writer, because she could probably do better than this confused story.

M120 from Oak park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 7:13 PM

Maybe the journal should offer her a job.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 6:45 PM

M120 from Oak park Uncle Sam could use someone of your strong character.

wft is going on??  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 6:05 PM

sorry, can't help myself, just read again. Why does Cicero owe her an apology? Where was the 7 eleven she worked at? One more thing, I laugh at the crimestoppers "process." Call them, get a code, then call 911, then give a special #...at that rate, someone will be dead/gone before they are caught. I'll offer a reward, before you can collect you have to call me, I'll give you a 60 digit code, you write it down, then call 911, give them the number, then do 10 jumping jacks... (sarcasm folks)

wtf is going on??  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 6:00 PM

cont'd- seems odd how in the end I believe she ended up knowing the accomplice to the robbery. Also, I really had a hard time following this story. Could I have done better? Probably not, not sure if many could have. Frankly, a strange story to be published. The topper is the quote: "Jeremy's in jail, he's ok." Is she concerned for Jeremy? Is she sorry he is in jail? I think it is saying he is better off in jail then she is with her life. I beg to differ, but that's just me.

wtf is going on??  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 5:50 PM

OK, first off, I feel bad for the woman in question, I am sure it was a traumatic event. Next, here-here to her husband for serving our country, he should be applauded. After that, this is a total disaster. From the way it was written, to her hard luck story, yikes! I do feel bad for her, but seems odd how b/c of what happens she feels she is owed something. I was robbed when I was younger, by knifepoint. It sucks, but life had to go on. Have to admit, seems odd how in the end.(cont)

M120 from Oak park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 5:10 PM

I was held up with a gun in Oak Park at 6 am one morning. My personal property and money was taken (not my employers') including all my identification. I called police, reported it, and then went to work two hours later. Did you even occur to me to check into a hospital for three days, much less even take time off of work.

OP Transplant  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 2:28 PM

She lost her job because she didn't return to work. She lost her apartment because the building was foreclosed on. These are both unfortunate, but unrelated events. The title implies some sort of causative relationship.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 2:01 PM

tricare would certainly be less expensive than getting care at loyola. They would also be more adept at treating anxiety conditions.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 1:59 PM

When it comes to reporting, you have to do your own fact searching. Lucky Dog is listed as being in Cicero, not Berwyn. Scardamaglia said of Juarez, "We would certainly never advise anyone to do what she did, trying to take the law into your own hands." "Luckily [Seeman] was caught before anybody got seriously hurt". No one else was hurt because Juarez, called Police.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 1:59 PM

for Scardamaglia sense when is observing and reporting to police considered "...trying to take the law into your own hands". I commend Mrs.Juarez and her husband for identifying the robber. From the article, Mrs. Juarez had an anxiety disorder prior to the robbery and one would understand how such a thing would exacerbate the condition. My thoughts are with her and hopefully she will be able to find the care she needs. She may be eligible for Tricare due to her husband being called up.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 1:59 PM

Continued.... She didn't try and stop or detain Seeman, she never took the law into her own hands. She called Police, so anyone who notices a suspicious person or someone who is wanted, don't pay attention to Scardamaglia, get involved, call Police. Officer's telling Juarez she should get the reward, that lacks credibility on Juarez's part, she wasn't able to identify any of the Officers who told her that.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 1:58 PM

Don't call Police in hopes of getting a reward, and if you take the time to call Cook County Crime Stoppers to get a code number first before calling Police, then become a Bounty Hunter. Continued... Juarez said. After picking Seeman out of a lineup and answering some questions, she said she was ignored for an hour and a half. Most likely she wasn't at the Oak Park Police Department.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 1:34 PM

@Jean Lotus: Thank you for responding but you have added more confusion, LOL! This is a direct quote from your article: "Then the building in which the family rented an apartment in Chicago was foreclosed and all the tenants were evicted last month. Juarez and her two children -- 4th grade and preschool -- are living with her mother-in-law in Cicero now." So it appears that she is currently in Cicero and formerly in Chicago and yet you are characterizing her as a Berwyn woman. I don't get it!

rdglnd  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 1:16 PM

would love if this story could be edited and then reposted. it made no sense but i want to know what happened!

OP Res 253 from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 12:34 PM

I must too be confused. I don't even understand the comments. I am not saying a citizen who calls police to arrest her assailant is not laudable. However, the link from "I did the right thing" to "I lost everything" because the Company and Police did not express appropriate gratitude and no one gave me cash for bravely performing my duty as citizen is a bit lost on me. How are her actions and these outcomes related? She may have PTSD from being robbed, unrelated to missing accolades, no?

Jean Lotus from Wednesday Journal Staff  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 12:15 PM

To clarify, Juarez was a long-time resident of Berwyn where she lived and worked for seven years.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 11:51 AM

"She just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Scardamaglia said of Juarez. "We knew who we were looking for. We had officers undercover." This is the Berwyn police commander speaking. So it sounds to me like he was dismissing her efforts. But who really cares? The point is to do the right thing regardless. Worrying about rewards takes away from the good deed. And expecting people to pat you on the back is really not cool, either. We're supposed to do the right thing regardless

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 11:45 AM

@Wow: Thanks! I am glad I am not the only one who struggled to make sense of this. The writing itself is not bad but as you stated, the structure is totally off. You don't emphasize one woman in the headline and yet begin the article with another person. In addition, how in bloody hell is she as Berwyn woman?! That means she's a resident of Berwyn! She is not. Here is another bizarre element: how did she lose her job? If she cannot work, that is not her losing her job; she is unable to work.

Wow from Oak park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 11:33 AM

Wow is all I have to say. Wow that no one thanked you and supported you. And wow to the writer and publisher/editor of this story. You think this is a well written piece of reporting? This is one of the most confusing, unstructured pieces of writing I've read in a long time. Really took away from the story. What a shame.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 10:54 AM

Wow, I had so much trouble reading this article! Very confusing! I was trying to figure out how she was connected to it because initially the Cicero victim was mentioned. Also, how is she a "Berwyn woman" if the only connection to that town seems to be her former job on East Avenue?! She used to live in Chicago and now lives in Cicero. Aargh.

alisa  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 9:59 AM

Let me add my thanks as well. Thanks to you and your husband for your social conscience and your bravery. I hope that some employer reads this, sees what a deserving person you are and gives an even better job.

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