Murdered Father of 3 Talked of Leaving Chicago to Keep His Family Safe

By Darryl Holliday on January 31, 2013 7:29pm 

 Family described Gino Angotti, who was shot to death Tuesday, as a hard-working man who lived for his young children.
Family described Gino Angotti, who was shot to death Tuesday, as a hard-working man who lived for his young children.
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CHICAGO — Before he was fatally shot in the head and robbed on the Far South Side Tuesday morning, Gino Angotti talked of getting out of Chicago.

"He said he was scared because the gangbangers were out there shooting all the time," his sister, Vanessa Snyder, said. "His gut instinct told him, 'I better leave Chicago or I'm gonna get killed'."

The 20-year-old East Side father of three was was found unresponsive on the street in the 10900 block of South Mackinaw Avenue just before 8 a.m., police said.

Angotti, who lived in the 10900 block of South Buffalo Avenue, was pronounced dead on the scene a half hour later, less than 300 feet from his home, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.

"I heard he went back there that night to take his kids to daycare," Snyder said. "Isn't that sad? He died taking his kids to daycare."

Family members, including two of Angotti's sisters, described the young man as a hard-working, at times "vulnerable," father who did all he could to provide for his children, ages 3, 1 and 9 months.

Angotti's family has set up an online fund to help with his funeral costs.

Angotti, who didn't have health insurance, worked at a Capri's Pizza, 8820 Commercial Ave. in an effort to give his kids a better life, Snyder said.

"He only had one thing in mind, go to work to take care of those babies — to give them a good life," she said. "He never thought he’d die young. He thought he'd live a long life and see his kid grow."

"They robbed the keys and wallet out of his pocket," she added. "They stole every dollar out of his pocket."

While family members noted that Angotti was in no way affiliated with a gang, they suspect gang violence was responsible for his death.

"The way he died and suffered is not right. It all seems so unreal," Snyder said. "I need justice for my brother, sir."

No one was in custody as of late Tuesday morning, police said.

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