Avondale shooting: Andre Vasquez shot dead, Krystal Hethcoat seriously injured

Written By Chicago News Report on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | 10/19/2011 06:38:00 AM

Krystal Hethcoat and her son, Andre Vasquez.

Sadly, this tragic shooting may be gang or drug related.

16-year-old Andre Vasquez, a sophomore at Schurz High School, and his mother, Krystal Hethcoat, were shot Tuesday morning inside their Avondale neighborhood home on the 3400 block of North Lawndale around 8:40 a.m.

Andre Vasquez was pronounced dead nearly four hours later at Illinois Masonic Hospital.

The shooting left Hethcoat in serious-to-critical condition.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Vasquez, Hethcoat, and Hethcoat's 14-year-old daughter were leaving for school when one of the children opened the front door and two gunmen rushed inside the house.

The 14-year-old girl managed to escape; Vasquez and Hethcoat did not.

Three suspects, two men and a woman, were subsequently arrested.

When Chicago News Report searched Kethcoat's Facebook page for more clues about her lifestyle, CNR found several photos of young black men throwing up what appears to be gang signs.

Hethcaot is seen in at least one of those questionable photos.

In a display of support, several family members have changed their Facebook profile pics to photos of Hethcoat and her slain son, Andre Vasquez.

Trenton Hearn, who is listed as Hethcoat's brother on Facebook, asked everyone to pray for his critically wounded sister.

"Please lend us your strength and give a small prayer for my sister tonight so that whomever you pray to may hear your blessings and make by big sis ok," said Hearn.

According to a reliable source, the Avondale shooting appears to be tied to drugs and gangs.

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