A chilling crime stunned residents of suburban Oak Park as two assailants shot and killed an 18-year-old woman in the parking lot of a gas station on Wednesday morning.
Police say two men approached Jailyn Logan-Bledsoe in the parking lot of a BP station in the 100 block of Chicago Avenue around 1:50 a.m. Wednesday.
During the ensuing robbery, one of the men shot her in the head and she was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
The two suspects stole items from him and then fled in his Chrysler, police say.
“I felt safe in the neighborhood, but I don’t feel safe anymore,” neighbor Diana Alder said.
Many residents of the community are concerned after the shooting, saying they believe 24-hour gas stations in the area have been targeted by thieves in recent months.
“I’m concerned that it’s open 24 hours a day,” Alder said. “It seems like every time there’s a shooting or a robbery it’s in the evening or early in the morning.”
Community activist Andrew Holmes visited Oak Park after the shooting, saying there is surveillance video that captured the horrific shooting and that he is working to support the victim’s family.
“You go from high school graduation to Mother’s Day to Father’s Day and then you lose your life for the benefit of these people,” he said.
Logan-Bledsoe recently graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School, and school staff say counselors have been made available to his family. Students can also sign up for counseling services in the wake of the shooting as police continue to work to find the killers.
“This family is going through intense pain,” Holmes said. “I’ve met some friends here who went to school with her, and they tell me it was a very close-knit family, a very quiet family.”
No suspects are in custody and an investigation is still ongoing.