Tragic Loss of Jean Carlos Martinez, 5-year-old Resident ofTemporary Shelter

We are heartbroken at the tragic death of 5-year-old Jean Carlos Martinez, who was living in the temporary shelter at 2241 S. Halsted Street. Initial reports indicate that the child was suffering from a medical emergency and passed away shortly after arriving to Comer Children’s Hospital. City officials are providing support to the family and are still gathering information on this tragedy.

In August of this year, a 3 year old child passed away in a bus bound for our city. These deaths are unacceptable and we repeat our call on our institutions to step up to ensure no more deaths and to alleviate suffering in our communities.

We continue to call on our federal and state leaders to step up and provide the necessary support needed for adequate housing and the basic needs of our new neighbors. The state of Illinois welcomed over 17,000 Ukrainian refugees and put forth all preventive measures to ensure no risk of tragedies like the one we see today. The spectacle that our new neighbors arriving at the southern border have faced in comparison is a demonstration of our failure to end systemically racist injustices – I call on our leaders to end these disparities in treatment of our new neighbors today to prevent more tragedies.

My heart and my prayers go out to the Martinez family. The City will continue to provide resources and support to the Martinez family during this difficult time and we call on state and federal leaders to come together today to meet the urgency of this moment.
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