By Carlos Sadovi
2:29 PM CST, February 26, 2013
After several hours at a strip club with a fellow member of the Speed Rascals motorcycle club, Ricardo Rivera refused to get back into a car with his friend and it ended up costing him his life, according to prosecutors.
The friend, Gabriel Guardiola, 36, of the 1500 block of North Monticello Avenue, has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Rivera, 31, in the 100 block of South Cicero Avenue Sunday morning, according to Police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez.
During Guardiola's bond hearing, where he was ordered held without bail, prosecutors said Guardiola had picked up Rivera at his Cicero home at 2 a.m. Sunday to go to a strip club, where the two had stayed until 4:20 a.m.
But after they left the club, Rivera refused to get into his friend's car and walked south on Cicero Avenue, according to Assistant State's Atty. Stephanie Buck. Guardiola drove alongside, trying to get him back into the car, Buck said.
"(Guardiola) was shouting at the victim, ordering him to get inside the defendant's car," said Buck.
As Rivera walked, he called a mutual friend -- as did Guardiola. But the friend did not answer, Buck said.
Guardiola left a message with the friend allegedly threatening to kill his friend. "The defendant left a voice mail. . .stating that he was going to shoot the victim in the head if he didn't get back inside the defendant's car," Buck said.
After Rivera walked into the parking lot of Rotchild's Liquor Store in the 100 block of North Cicero Avenue, Guardiola pulled over, Buck said. Guardiola went up to Rivera, "put a gun to the victim's head and shot him," according to Buck.
A time stamp on the message Guardiola left on the friend's phone was within minutes of video surveillance that captured the shooting between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., Buck said.
Guardiola was arrested later Sunday at about 1:20 p.m. Police found a gun at his Humboldt Park home and linked it to the shooting.
Rivera's father, Juan, congratulated Chicago police detectives for quickly making an arrest in the case. He said his son had been a member of the Speed Rascals, along with Guardiola, for about a year.
Rivera had gone out drinking with friends between Saturday evening and early Sunday, when he returned home, according to his father, who lived with him. Rivera left again with Guardiola.
"I'm glad that the suspect was caught but I'm sad, this is something that could have been avoided," said the father.
"My child is another victim of gun violence, it's an epidemic as to what is going on in Chicago. You're not supposed to bury your children, your children are supposed to bury you."
Guardiola was ordered held without bail. At his bond hearing, Guardiola appeared in a black Batman T-shirt and blue jeans and blew a kiss to his wife and other family members on his way out of court.
His lawyer said Guardiola has six children and works as a custodian.
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