Woman, Boyfriend Killed By Roommate They Found On Facebook

A man called an Uber to pick him up near an apartment where he lived with his roommate, who was found inside the next day fatally wounded along with her boyfriend, prosecutors said.

Leandre Evans, 19, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the February deaths of Pricilla A. Gloria Reyes and Edwin Eilseo Chuy Cutzal, who were found shot dead in her Brighton Park apartment. 

Prosecutors said Reyes, 33, would often rent a room in her apartment and would find the roommate on Facebook. She told a friend she found someone to rent the room, but she was having problems with him.

About 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Reyes called the friend and asked her to come over because she was having difficulties with the roommate. The friend overheard a male voice in the background demanding to know who Reyes was speaking with on the phone. Soon after, the phone went dead, prosecutors said.

The same evening, a witness heard several loud noises coming from the direction of Reyes' apartment. Another witness saw a man exit the gangway near Reyes' apartment shortly after the sounds were heard. The witness said the man was running and carrying a bag, prosecutors said.

The next day, a witness found Reyes and her boyfriend fatally wounded inside the apartment, police and prosecutors said. The couple had been dating for about a month.

Reyes, of the 2500 block of West 46th Street, and Cutzal, 31, of the 4600 block of South Sacramento Avenue, were pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner said Cutzal suffered a wound to the head, and Reyes was shot in the chest.

Police recovered Reyes' cellphone from the scene and a receipt from a Dollar Tree store. Video surveillance captured Reyes purchasing food items at the store, prosecutors said.

Police also found text messages on her phone regarding a rental of a bedroom from a person named "Dre" who responded from two different phone numbers. One of the numbers was from Google and the other was from Pinger, prosecutors said.

Both of the numbers were linked to Evans. Investigators also discovered Evans had used an Uber at 8:53 p.m. Feb. 5, and was picked up near the apartment on 47th Street, prosecutors said.

Evans appeared at a court hearing Friday where Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. denied bail. His next appearance is scheduled for March 29.


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