Little Village gang members pull out of interview after Arturo Ibarra is shot and killed

Written By Timothy Fitz on Saturday, March 5, 2011 | 3/05/2011 12:58:00 PM

Days before 37-year-old Arturo Ibarra was shot and killed on Chicago's Far North Side in Edgewater, Chicago News Report secured interviews with several self-described gang members.

Most of the interviewees lived in the Little Village neighborhood, the same area where Raul Segura, one of Ibarra's purported crew members, lived.

One gang member, who seemed eager to talk to me, said he belonged to the "two six street gang". But after Ibarra was shot and killed, all communication stopped.

I had planned to ask the men of dubious distinction, detailed questions about how they became involved in gangs. I wanted to know what their parents and loved ones thought about their lifestyle. Hardball questions about the Mexican Drug Cartel and the Chicago police department were also on my agenda.

The same day Ibarra was shot, and before news of the double murder in Edgewater spread throughout the city, a few subjects said they were still willing to talk me.

Apparently, they changed their minds, because I am still waiting.

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