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Two men charged with Zion man’s murder

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3 County Homicides in 2013

Janay McFarlane, 18, was shot in a North Chicago alley Feb. 15. Jim McPherson, 21, of North Chicago, is charged with her murder.

Victor Salinas-Corona, 17, was charged with murder for allegedly causing blunt force trauma that killed his 5-month-old daughter in Zion Feb. 28.

Gabriel Gonzales, 19, was the victim of alleged gang violence Sunday, March 10. Jose Garcia and Jose Rebollar-Verara were charged with his murder.

Source: Assistant State’s Attorney Ken LaRue, chief of felony review

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Updated: April 14, 2013 6:18AM

A Zion man was shot in the back for wearing a hat that was not on perfectly straight, Assistant State’s Attorney Ken LaRue said Tuesday.

Bond was set at $3 million for the two men charged with murdering Gabriel Gonzales, 19, just after midnight Sunday.

Jose Garcia, 18, of Mundelein and Jose Rebollar-Verara, 24, of Round Lake Park are charged with first-degree murder. They are accused of shooting Gabriel Gonzales, 19, in the parking lot at One Stop Food and Liquor Store in the 1000 block of Fairfield Road in Round Lake Beach.

They appeared before Judge Raymond Collins for a bond hearing Tuesday.

“Gonzales walked in (to the store) in Round Lake Beach. (Rebollar-Verara) mistook Gabriel Gonzales for being a gang member. He told him to fix his hat because it was tilted wrong,” LaRue said.

Rebollar-Verara, Garcia and an unidentified third person followed Gonzales out of the store and into the parking lot. Rebollar-Verara flashed gang signs at Gonzales. Garcia fired a .22 caliber handgun 10 times at Gonzales, LaRue said.

One shot hit Gonzales in the back and ruptured his aorta, killing him on the spot, LaRue said.

“(Rebollar-Verara) confessed he believed (Guzman) was in a gang. That’s why he targeted him,” LaRue said.

Garcia also gave police a full statement, LaRue said.

Both defendants are due back in court March 18 for status of attorney.

“This senseless act of violence is a tragic example of the gang issue in Lake County,” said Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim. “This kind of violence is not going to be tolerated.”

Nerheim recently implemented a gang prosecution unit in the State’s Attorney’s Office. Five assistant state’s attorneys will “aggressively” prosecute gang violence cases, he said.

“Gangs are all over the county. This is not a Round Lake issue, not just a Waukegan issue. It’s a Lake County issue,” Nerheim said.

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