Oak Park cops still mum on East Ave. murder

Chief 'still confident' killing was not a random act

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

More than two months after the gruesome murder of Pedro Gurrola in his garage on the 800 block of South East Avenue, police still haven't named a main suspect in the case.

Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley said again this week that the investigation into Gurrola's Sept. 9 murder is "progressing," but that there was very little he could share with the public.

When asked for details about a suspect, Tanksley demurred.

"To discuss the nature of any suspect in this case would not be proper at this point and I am still confident that this was not a random act," Tanksley said.

"I will say this, until such a time as there is a break in the case or there is a development which I think the public can assist us with, I will not be commenting further on the details of this case," he added. "To do so could possibly jeopardize a successful prosecution."

Still missing is Gurrola's maroon 1997 Chevy Lumina. Police have declined to answer questions about whether a minivan stolen from Gurrola's garage the morning of Aug. 21 may have been related.

Later that same day, police also filed a report of telephone harassment at Gurrola's home, which police have also refused to elaborate on because of the investigation.

Police are still looking for Gurrola's Chevy. At the time of the murder, Tanksley said it represented one of the department's best bets for catching a suspect in the case.

Anyone with information should call the Oak Park police department at 708-386-3800.

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uh huh  

Posted: January 19th, 2012 3:16 PM

Only if you don't count that heroin OD as a murder, and wave off murders that happened 100 feet outside of OP.


Posted: January 19th, 2012 2:09 PM

I believe this was Oak Parks last murder. There was no murder in 2011.

A. Harris from Oak Park  

Posted: November 19th, 2010 12:37 PM

Crime is actually down in Oak Park. I'm not sure how many people realize this in an age when crime is so sensationalized in the media. This particular crime is just horrible, and any crime is one too many, but Oak Park and its police department are doing an excellent job.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 19th, 2010 11:22 AM

Actually Mary, I am always a little irked that as a society we need police in the first place. Unfortunately there are people who just don't know how to behave, coupled with people who grew up with the police as surrogate parents and so they call them for minor disputes instead of settling matters themselves. You sound a bit hostile towards the police, as well as naive to believe that the police are super heros who can be all places at once.


Posted: November 17th, 2010 3:58 PM

Crime does not rise because of the police. Crime rises because of ignorant people that don't want to obey the law. Poor, unethical upbringing is to blame...


Posted: November 17th, 2010 3:48 PM

If our police are doing a fine job, then why is crime rising?

Sally Forth from oak park  

Posted: November 17th, 2010 11:31 AM

Please let the police do their jobs and cut with the uninformed editorial comments. They are pointless. Unless we are law enforcement professionals we have no idea when they should have a suspect. Real life police work can't be compressed into a 60-minute CSI episode. Our police are doing a fine job, so back off!

Time to Ask for Help  

Posted: November 17th, 2010 10:21 AM

If this was a random act, then they should have a suspect by now. It does not appear that the police are doing a very good job. It might be a good time to ask for some help, maybe from the state police or FBI.

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