CHICAGO | Dolton police say they have strong leads in the case of a pregnant Calumet City teen who was fatally shot on Christmas Day, NBC 5 News reported Friday.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office on Friday determined the death of 17-year-old Eva Casara is a homicide.
Officials determined she died from a gunshot wound to the head that she suffered on Christmas Day while visiting family and friends in Dolton.
Casara was found wounded in an alley between two houses in the 1100 block of East 152nd Street in south suburban Dolton at about 7 p.m. Wednesday.
But police have said they believe the shooting actually took place a few blocks away at 152nd Street and Dorchester Avenue, and that Casara was placed at the latter site.
NBC news reported that investigators say it's doubtful the crime was a random act, and they are very close to cracking this case. Social media has played an active role in the investigation.
"There are statements made on social media that are being tracked by the task force, so they are talking to people who made these statements to see what info they have," Dolton Police Chief John Franklin told NBC 5 News.
Police are looking at home video from a neighbor's surveillance camera, hoping it reveals some clues.
Casara, who was 5 1/2 months pregnant, was taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond, then later transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 10:57 a.m. Thursday.
The baby survived but previously was in critical condition. Lailani Paris Casara only weighs about 1 1/2 pounds and is in the neonatal intensive care unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, NBC 5 News reports.
The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was assisting Dolton police with the investigation.