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Illinois Uber Driver with 3 Kids Dies 2 Days after Being Shot during Attempted Carjacking Incident

Stephen Thompson
Jun 03, 2021
04:20 P.M.
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An Illinois Uber driver with three children passed away two days after getting shot during an attempted carjacking incident— details here.

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An Uber driver named Joe Schelstraete, shot during a carjacking that happened in Cicero, has passed away in what can be termed as an unfortunate incident.

On Tuesday night, CBS 2's Vermont Terry reported that the father of three was left brain dead after getting shot in the head even though he had handed over everything the assailants requested.

White car with Uber decals. | Source: Shutterstock

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Schelstraete is survived by his wife and three children. Speaking about the incident, the wife mentioned that there were many "senseless factors" involved with the tragedy.

She feels confident that her husband would have done all they asked to survive, but they killed him because of the "unfortunate evil and wickedness of this world."

Hand holding mobile phone with Uber app. | Source: Pexels

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According to the Cicero police, Schelstraete, 38, arrived at 23rd Street and 55th Avenue around 7:30 p.m. on Monday when he was approached by four armed assailants who asked for money and his cellphones.

The girls had been harmed with a taser and had found a way into his car.

He handed both items over, but it did not stop them from shooting him anyway. He was rushed to Loyola University Medical Center where he was said to be in critical condition. The father-of-three died Wednesday just before noon.

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After the shooting, eyewitnesses provided the police with a description of the murderers which led to the officers setting up a perimeter, ultimately leading to the capture of a juvenile suspect.

Authorities are still looking for the other three suspects involved in the fatal carjacking. In a statement, Cicero Police Chief Jerry Chlada claimed that Schelstraete was an honest man who had simply been in the "wrong place at the wrong time."

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An Uber spokeswoman in a statement made to Fox News said the company feels terrible about the "senseless act of violence that took the life of Mr. Schelstraete," adding, "Our thoughts are with his family, and we are working with law enforcement on their investigation."

The carjacking crisis in Chicago has escalated in the past couple of months. According to CBS 2's Vermont Terry, another driver was carjacked at the exact same intersection just three weeks ago— it did not lead to his demise, but he got pistol-whipped.

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Mohammed Anwar, an Uber Eats driver, was not so lucky. He lost his life last month while delivering food in Washington, DC. His assailants were two girls aged 13 and 15.

The girls had been harmed with a taser and had found a way into his car. When he realized it, Anwar attempted to get them out; however, they sped off with him hanging on to the driver's side with the door open.

The girls crashed the car moments later outside the ballpark of the Washington Nationals. They survived, but Anwar did not. He is survived by a family who will mourn his death for the rest of their lives. RIP to the fallen heroes.

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