Family of teen last seen alive in Chicago’s East Side continues to search for answers 15 years later

Family of teen last seen alive in Chicago’s East Side continues to search for answers 15 years later

CHICAGO (TOC) — The household of a Chicago teen who was murdered 15 years in the past is attempting new efforts to revive the chilly case.

Prepare dinner County Crime Stoppers joined relations of Christoper Pioneda Saturday of their push for closure.

Monday would have been Pineda’s thirty third Birthday.

It could have been simply over 15 years, however any household that has misplaced a love, in the way in which the Pineda household misplaced Christopher, there isn’t any period of time passing that can hold them from justice.

Pineda’s household has stood on the East Aspect neighborhood intersection of 108th and Ewing streets a number of instances, recalling the final place he was seen alive 15 years in the past.

“We wish to carry all the eye that he deserves to the case,” mentioned Monica Sanchez, Pineda’s niece.

She was only a lady when her uncle went lacking and later discovered murdered.

Now, Sanchez is all grown up however her uncle’s case continues to be unsolved.

“They took my grandma’s son, brother, uncle, buddy, they took lots from them,” Sanchez mentioned.

The household mentioned they stand out on the intersection, passing out flyers along with his face.

“It is nonetheless an open investigation, nonetheless in search of what occurred. Why did it occur? What occurred that day,” mentioned George McDade, chairman of the Prepare dinner County Crime Stoppers.

“It does not matter how a lot time passes, we’re gonna hold pushing. There’s generations after us that can hold pushing,” Sanchez mentioned.

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In 2007, Pineda, who was a Whitney Younger Magnet Faculty pupil on the time, had simply dropped his girlfriend off at work after faculty. He was supposed to move residence from the bus cease at 108th and Ewing streets, however by no means made it.

As an alternative, investigators discovered the then-17-year-old’s physique, badly crushed within the Cal-Sag Channel in south suburban Blue Island, per week after he went lacking.

Regardless that years have handed, household stood out to honor a life which may have been not absolutely lived however was absolutely beloved.

“I do not wish to cry. I wish to be sturdy for him and powerful for the household, as a result of my mother has stood up right here in entrance of you guys crying the identical factor asking for assist. And I simply need one thing to return of it,” Sanchez mentioned.

“We’re depending on the general public. That is what’s gonna get that piece of data that helps get the case out. It is not going to return from the general public, if the police had it or one thing and arrests had been made,” McDade mentioned.

Sanchez mentioned every time they maintain these occasions with household, associates, and even the detectives on his case, it is with the hope that even one tip to the police or nameless name to Crime Stoppers, will carry not simply justice however closure to this household.

Pineda, the son of Guatemalan immigrants, was set to be the primary in his household to graduate from highschool with set plans to go to school on the time.

Whitney Younger Magnet Excessive Faculty honored Pineda’s household by presenting his diploma, posthumously.

“Now everybody after him that has graduated in his honor. They’re like, ‘That is for him; we did this for him,'” mentioned Sanchez.

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