CHICAGO — Lewis Garcia’s mother passed away when he was just five years old and from that point on he lived a rough life, according to his sister.
Once his mother died, his father took off for Puerto Rico, leaving Garcia’s sister, Evelyn Garcia, to raise him, she said.
“It was kind of hard,” the 50-year-old Evelyn Garcia said.
Her brother never finished high school and hung out with a “bad crowd” as his sister tried to raise him along with her own three children.
As an adult, Lewis Garcia was convicted of felony misuse of a credit card in 2008, court records show. He also had convictions for burglary and domestic battery.
Garcia, who was 31 when he was killed on June 13, lived on-and-off with his longtime girlfriend, but she kicked him out of her apartment the night he was shot to death, said Garcia’s sister. She didn’t know why her brother had been kicked out, but said the couple argued frequently.
Garcia was shot and killed in the 5500 block of West Henderson Street that night, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. No one has been arrested in connection with the murder, according to Chicago police.
Garcia left behind two daughters — a three-month-old and a three-year-old — whom he doted on, family said.
“He seemed like a good father,” Garcia’s nephew Jonathan Casiano said. “He was always caring for them and giving them what they needed.”