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Cancer Survivor Gunned Down After Chasing Driver Who Hit Bicyclist, Police Say
Alberto Bocanegra recently boasted about losing 400 pounds while beating Leukemia.
A man who has recently beat cancer was fatally shot early Tuesday after he chased down a driver who struck a bicyclist and fled the scene, according to police.
Alberto Bocanegra, 39, was driving behind a group of cyclists, listening to music, before the bicyclist was hit. He was broadcasting the seemingly peaceful ride through the South Side of Chicago on Facebook Live. The bikers were part of an organized group ride and Bocanegra was in a car accompanying the bike-riding group, according to WLS in Chicago.
The ride took a turn for the worst after another car hit a 30-year-old woman on her bike, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. That moment was not captured on Facebook Live.
That driver allegedly fled the scene, prompting Bocanegra to give chase. When he caught up with the driver of that vehicle, he began arguing with the driver. Then, a blue SUV drove by and someone from inside the SUV shot at Bocanegra, according to police.
He was hit twice in his neck, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was brought to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The bicyclist struck by the car was also taken to a hospital with an injury to her shoulder. She was reportedly listed in good condition.
Bocanegra is described as a community activist who once ran for alderman in the 12th Ward in 2007 and 2011, and in the 15th Ward in 2015. He served briefly as chair of the Cook County Green Party, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
In one of his recent Facebook videos, Bocanegra says he recently beat leukemia and lost over 400 pounds in the process.
“I’m a ‘2-percenter’ — 2 percent of people survive the kind of cancer that I had,” Bocanegra says in the clip.
The fatal shooting also wasn't the first gun-related incident he was involved in. Last November, he allegedly fired a gun during a road-rage dispute, according to the Chicago Sun Times. He was due to appear in court on Nov. 13.
No one has been arrested in connection with Tuesday's shooting or the hit-and-run crash as of Wednesday afternoon.