By Sally Ho and John Keilman
9:59 PM CDT, March 19, 2014
A teenage boy and his father were found shot to death Wednesday in their Palatine home, an apartment in a troubled complex where police have focused antigang efforts.
Segundo Reynoso, 38, and his 15-year-old son, Luis, were found on the floor with gunshot wounds just after midnight Tuesday. Police said it is not clear if the killings were gang-related.
Palatine police were called to the Baldwin Green Apartments in the 1900 block of Green Lane North by neighbors who heard the shots.
Palatine police Cmdr. Dave Daigle said officers are investigating the shootings as a double homicide and have ruled out a murder-suicide scenario. No one was in custody late Wednesday.
Police said the family had two other children — younger sisters to Luis Reynoso — but would not confirm if the girls were home at the time of the shooting. The matriarch of the family was not home at the time, Daigle said.
Palatine-based Township High School District 211 spokesman Tom Petersen said Luis Reynoso had been a student at the district’s Academy-North alternative school, though his enrollment ended last summer.
The family lived on the top floor of the three-story apartment building in the northeastern portion of Palatine. The complex includes a satellite location of the Palatine Opportunity Center, a nonprofit for the underserved.
“That area is highly dense. It’s multifamily housing, where we have an inordinate amount of gang problems there,” Daigle said. “The bottom line is, our gang unit spends a lot of time up there.”
Building managers could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Palatine Village Councilor Greg Solberg, whose District 4 includes the apartments, also could not be reached for comment.
The sprawling complex in the northeastern portion of the suburb includes a satellite location of the Palatine Opportunity Center, a nonprofit for the underserved. Building managers and representatives of the center did not return calls Wednesday.
The Palatine-based Township High School District 211 spokesman Tom Petersen said Luis Reynoso had been a student at the district’s Academy-North alternative school, though his enrollment ended last summer.
The morning after the deaths, three teenage boys stood outside in the misting rain and stared solemnly up at the Reynoso home, which was on the top floor of the three-story apartment building now surrounded by yellow caution tape.
The boys said they didn’t want to be identifiedbut were friends with the teen victim when they were younger.
Will Soto, who said he was a neighbor of the family’s in the apartment complex, said he worked on cars with the father. The mother has also stopped by his house to remind him to go to church, he said.
“They were both good people,” Soto said. “I'm shocked and I'm a little sad deep inside.”
Soto described Luis Reynoso as a good kid who took care of his sisters, dutifully picking them up from school.
“In the summertime, he would take her to the candy store or to get ice cream,” Soto said. “Hopefully, they get the guys because it's not fair to the mom.”
Another neighbor, Lucy Sanchez, said the teen liked playing soccer and was known for making jokes.
“He's really funny and nice to everybody,” Sanchez said. “He was really nice to everybody.”
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