The daughter of a 70-year-old Chicago woman gunned down during a brazen ambush attack said the masked assailants caught on video should be “ashamed” of themselves.
Yvonne Ruzich, a retired city sanitation worker, was shot and killed early Monday outside Baltimore Food & Liquors in Chicago’s Hegewisch section, where she was waiting for the store to open to start her shift.
Two men in hoodies then approached her car and opened fire, video released by Chicago police Tuesday shows.
The well-known neighborhood fixture was struck multiple times and later pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.
“She was the opposite of that evil that took her,” Ruzich’s daughter, Karla, told WLS-TV. “She was my mom and had a piece of so many other people. People who come in for their morning coffee knew my mom.”
“You should be ashamed of yourself, and anybody who’s hiding your dirty little secret should ashamed of themselves, too,” she added.
Ruzich’s stepson reportedly saw the slaying and managed to get away. Ruzich was a mother of seven and grandmother known as “Grandma Jo” throughout the neighborhood, CBS Chicago reported.
“I don’t know what to do with my life now,” Ruzich’s boyfriend, Phil McGivney, told WLS-TV. “I lost my best friend.”
No arrests have been made as of early Wednesday and the motive for Ruzich’s murder is still under investigation, a Chicago police spokeswoman told The Post.
The face-masked suspects were described as black males, one of whom wore all black clothing. The second assailant was clad in a light-colored sweatshirt and light pants, police said.
“If you see these individuals, DO NOT APPROACH!” police said in a video clip. “Call 911.”
Residents in the South Side neighborhood, meanwhile, built a large makeshift memorial for Ruzich outside the store Tuesday.
“She was a wonderful lady, everybody knew her,” Hegwisch resident Jacqueline Herod told WLS-TV. “She was so kind when you go in the store.”
A $2,000 reward has been offered by a community activist for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Ruzich’s slaying, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.