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Hermosa Man Charged with Killing After Argument Over Beer Money

By  Erica Demarest and Erin Meyer | August 19, 2013 1:49pm | Updated on August 19, 2013 5:49pm

 Gumaro Torres, 32, was charged with the murder of a 35-year-old man from Humboldt Park.
Gumaro Torres, 32, was charged with the murder of a 35-year-old man from Humboldt Park.
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CHICAGO — A Hermosa man was charged Monday with a weekend murder that allegedly stemmed from an argument over beer money.

Gumaro Torres, 32, of the 1800 block of North Pulaski Road, was charged with felony counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

About 11:30 p.m. Friday, Torres allegedly attacked three male co-workers during a party in the 1800 block of North Pulaski Road, police said. The men had been arguing over beer when Torres left and returned with a gun.

"After consuming several beers, the defendant got into a verbal argument with the victims and witnesses about beer money," Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Santini said Monday during a brief bond hearing for Torres.

Torres went to his nearby home and allegedly came back a short time later with a 9-millimeter automatic handgun.

"He returned ... with his loaded handgun and immediately began to fire his gun," Santini said.

Torres shot two people at the party and pistol whipped one, Santini said.

He allegedly shot a 35-year-old Humboldt Park man in the abdomen, killing him.

Another man, 27, tried to stop Torres, but Torres turned the gun on him, striking him in the hand, abdomen, leg and right hip, Santini said.

A third man knocked Torres to the ground, where he remained until police arrived.

The 27-year-old man was sent to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for multiple gunshot wounds. 

The victim, of the 1700 block of North Harding Avenue, was later pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 2:45 a.m. Saturday. 

There were conflicting reports over the victim's name: Court reports refer to him as Jose Delafuente, while the medical examiner identified him as Juan Delafuente. Some neighbors interviewed near his home also knew him as Juan.