'I forgive you': Mother of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega says community failed gunman who killed her daughter

1/27/2022 1:20:00 PM

“We came in search of the American Dream we so famously hear of, but instead, I get to live a nightmare for the rest of my life,” the statement from Melissa's mother said.

“We came in search of the American Dream we so famously hear of, but instead, I get to live a nightmare for the rest of my life,” the statement from Melissa's mother said.

“We came in search of the American Dream we so famously hear of, but instead, I get to live a nightmare for the rest of my life,” the statement from Melissa's mother said.

Melissa and her mother moved to the U.S. from Mexico last August to start a better life and to pursue the American Dream.MORE:After officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert and found Melissa at the corner of 26th and Pulaski, paramedics responded and brought her to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead less than two hours later, according to the report and an official statement from Chicago police.

The fatal shooting of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega has sent shockwaves through the Little Village community. Now, there are questions about the gang rivalry that reportedly sparked the shooting. Little Village Community Council President Baltazar Enriquez joined FOX 32 to talk about it.

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She seems not to realize that she narrowly escaped death herself.