Marcelina Herrera passionately rallied a crowd on Sunday, demanding justice for her brother, Sal, as they marched through the Near West Side. In an emotional address, she described her brother as a selfless, caring person who took on the role of a father and brother after their father passed away when she was just 6 years old.
Salvador Herrera, affectionately known as Sal, tragically was killed on Oct. 15 when he attempted to thwart a car theft in the 700 block of South Loomis Street. A month later, his family is appealing to the Chicago Police Department to solve the case and urging anyone with information or video footage to come forward.
Approximately 50 people marched from the location of his death to his home in Pilsen, holding signs with the bartender’s image and asserting that he won’t just be another crime statistic. The walk commenced at 12:30 p.m., marking the time when his family received the heartbreaking news from the Chicago Police.
“We have decided to hold this walk to finish my brother’s path back home, and we have called all his friends, all his family, both communities to help us do just that,” said Marcelina Herrera, 34.
Chicago police confirmed that they are still actively investigating the case and have yet to make any arrests. Ald. Bill Conway, 34th, expressed his condolences and emphasized the urgency of seeking justice for Salvador Herrera in his community.
Marcelina Herrera and her sister, Remedios, launched the Justice for Sal campaign to persistently raise awareness for the case. They plastered posters throughout the neighborhood and penned a letter to Chicago police Superintendent Larry Snelling.
Remedios Herrera, 39, stressed the importance of properly mourning her brother and ensuring that his memory lives on. She described Sal as a joyful individual with a passion for sports and health, who touched the lives of many.