After tragic mall shooting, community comes out to show support and help pay funeral costs

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Over the weekend, a shooting at a mall just outside of the city left a mother dead and her teenaged daughter wounded.

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The shooting took place around 5:45 PM on Saturday in a parking lot of North Riverside Mall, 7501 W Cermak Rd. Marisa Ruiz, 42-years-old of the Little Village neighborhood, was pronounced dead later that day.

The girl’s injuries were non-life-threatening.

On Monday afternoon, a suspect was taken into custody. Investigators believe the shooting was over a domestic dispute but have not been able to confirm this as of yet.

Few other details have been released about the shooting.

Marisa Ruiz’s son, Jose Noel, started a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses. In addition to his younger sister, they also have a younger brother and are now left parentless. He wrote:

“My name is Jose Noel, and I’m 19 years old. On January 13, 2018 my mother was taken away from me. My mother and sister were victims of a gun assault while they were leaving North Riverside Mall. My mother was shot in the head, and did not make it. My sister was left with a wounded arm. My two sibblings and I are left without a mother or father- my brother is 9, my sister is 14, and I’m 19. The funds would help cover for my mothers funeral and memorial expenses.”

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The donations have poured in after this tragedy. Almost 800 people have donated to over $25,000 as of this writing.

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