Joseph Schelstraete Biography, Wiki
Joseph Schelstraete was a Uber Driver and the father of three has died, after he was shot in the head while working as a driver in Cicero, Illinois, according to his family and authorities.
Joseph Schelstraete has died at the age of 38-years-old.
Family & Children
“He has three young kids and was just out trying to make a dollar,” Chlada said of Schelstraete. “He truly is a victim — just in the wrong place at the wrong time, unfortunately. By all accounts that we can tell, he’s just a hard-working guy.”
Shot & Killed
Joseph Schelstraete, 38, “was just out trying to make a dollar,” Cicero Police Chief Jerry Chlada Jr. said in a press conference
A father of three has died after he was shot in the head while working as an Uber driver in Cicero, Illinois, according to his family and authorities.
The violent incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Monday when Joseph Schelstraete, 38, was picking up a fare near 23rd Street and 55th Avenue in the Chicago suburb, the Cicero Police Department said.
Police said Schelstraete was in his blue Ford Focus when four suspects approached his car and attempted to carjack him.
One of the suspects shot Schelstraete in the head during the confrontation, according to police, before fleeing the scene with the three other assailants.
Schelstraete was transported to Loyola University Medical Center, where he died on Wednesday morning, his family told CBS 2.
“There are many senseless factors of this tragedy, and that’s one of them,” said Schelstraete’s aunt, Kim Bova. “They didn’t have to kill him. He would have given them anything they wanted. But because of the unfortunate evil and wickedness of this world, they took his life.”
A similar carjacking occurred approximately three weeks ago at the same location, according to Chlada. Police are looking into whether the two incidents are connected.
The suspects did take “some items” from Schelstraete during the attempted carjacking, Cicero Police Chief Jerry Chlada Jr. said in a press conference on Tuesday.
Police apprehended a juvenile suspect two blocks away from the shooting after setting up a perimeter at the scene, Chalda said. Three other suspects remain at large.
In a statement provided to PEOPLE on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Uber said, “We are saddened to hear about the senseless act of violence that took the life of Mr. Schelstraete. Our thoughts are with his family and we are working with law enforcement on their investigation.”