18-year sentence for gang shooting

18-year sentence for gang shooting

There are 130 comments on the Suburban Chicago News story from Dec 7, 2007, titled 18-year sentence for gang shooting. In it, Suburban Chicago News reports that:

“Society has reached out dozens of times”

For shooting a rival gang member just outside Rinkside Sports at Gurnee Mills, 18-year-old Louis Petrick of Waukegan has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. via Suburban Chicago News

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Louis

Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 7, 2007
I'm the dad of, Louis Petrick, but I'm not here to defend what he did. I'm want to say that my son was neglected since childhood by his mom and step dad. I have made numerous attempts to talk to my son, but his mother, Edith Escobito, would not let me. I'm a former gang member that used to gang bang in Waukegan, but I've changed my life, and now I'm a an HIV/AIDS counselor and Prevention Case Manager.
In fact, Edith not anyone of that family informed of any of the incidents involving my son, Louis.
I have tried to do an intervention 5 years ago when he was 13, but to no avail because of Edith and her husband. The one teen probably would'nt have been shot nor would Mr. Guzman be dead right now if I had the chance to have had a relationship with my son 5 years ago plus today.
It's to bad that someone is dead now because of, Louis', moms pride. I love my son, and I feel very bad for Mr. Guzmans' family. I believe that my son would not have shot that killed that man had I had a relationship with him like a parent should. The bible says: Train a child the way it should go.
I hope that you could use this story in the new paper so that the victims family realizes that altough I did'nt have the chance to nurture my son I'm sorry for thier lose and pain.
Still up to this day the family did not call me and inform me that Louis was sentenced. I felt it in a dream and the day the killing happened.
I'm a spiritual person today but not crazy.
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Louis

Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 7, 2007
Sorry if I sound excited, but I am... I want to believe that I could have help change my son's life. Maybe not. What do you think...
Anyway. It's too bad would never know because the damage has been done. I have 3 step children now, and let me tell you it is not easy.
But, I know that if I love my wife I will help with nuturing her children. Again, it's not easy, but it has to be done. I firmly believe that his step-dad just could'nt deal with him. He's weak!
Any comment please respond. I've done 16 years in prison myself, and what ever you say I can take. In fact, I got myself out of prison on a post conviction. Anyway, I just want to say to the family of the victims that I'm sorry...
God bless you all.
Chicago

Vernon Hills, IL

#3 Dec 10, 2007
Louis wrote:
Sorry if I sound excited, but I am... I want to believe that I could have help change my son's life. Maybe not. What do you think...
Anyway. It's too bad would never know because the damage has been done. I have 3 step children now, and let me tell you it is not easy.
But, I know that if I love my wife I will help with nuturing her children. Again, it's not easy, but it has to be done. I firmly believe that his step-dad just could'nt deal with him. He's weak!
Any comment please respond. I've done 16 years in prison myself, and what ever you say I can take. In fact, I got myself out of prison on a post conviction. Anyway, I just want to say to the family of the victims that I'm sorry...
God bless you all.
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You can raise your wifes children but you couldnt raise your own?You could have been in this boys life if you wanted to all you would have had to do was take his mother to court.Your excuses arent going to change the fact that your sons life is ruined.How many times have you made an attempt to see him while he was in jail?Your ex wife couldnt stop you from doing that,as a matter of fact,hes 18 why couldnt you see him when he became of age?You should be ashamed of yourself! Dont come on here looking for sympathy and someone to tell you its okay that youre a failure as a father and a human being,because its not going to happen! Youre a loser and need to get your willy clipped,people like you shouldnt be allowed to multiply!And you say his step dad is weak? That would be the pot calling the kettle black!Excuses dont make a good dad,actions do you moron!
Louis

Chicago, IL

#4 Dec 11, 2007
If you think that I'm looking for sympathy think again. I was hoping that his mom and step-dad had gotten to this. I bet your weak, too...
You could'nt handle nurturing step kids.
It's people like you who think they know what's right for troubled teens. 1... maybe my son needs to do some time... I believe you could never say that nor for that matter back it up, if you had children. Let me empasize that you are weak, too.
You would'nt know what to do with step children. I'm very analytical and if I kept reading your note I could tell you much about your life. Besides that you are weak, too. You remind me of men or women who would'nt want anyone to know thier business. I tell you a little secret it takes a community to nurture children. Especially step kids. Did you know that... It's not a question anymore. So you think my son's life is ruined... That's what they said about mine. I have earned a B.A., and I have a business. When I went to prison it was the best thing that happened to me. Do you think that you could say that? No. Cause your scared and weak... I would love to see you get a speeding ticket. You would probably cry. I could imagine one of your children getting into trouble you...
I know how a step dad thinks. And I'm not afraid to tell you... Keep in mind that I got out of a gang, stopped drinking and drugs and everything else that came with that territory. You probably were born with a silver spoon in your mouth.
God bless everyone who does the right thing unlike this fool who would'nt know how to answer a troubled kids questions....
Frieda

United States

#5 Dec 11, 2007
Louis,
Attacking people by saying they have a silver spoon in their mouths or by saying they are weak only puts people off your message. You say you can take what people dish out, but instead you alienate people by making this a personal attack on them.

Your message of trying to help a child is one that all of us should listen to. Your message of apology ot the family of the victim is also one that needs to be heard. Your message of trying to make a better life than the one we currently have is also a fine message.

But for your message to be heard and appreciated for what it is, you must not make this personal. People are grieving and frightened for their own children and for the pain that they, too, might face when confronted by violence. You obviously cared enough to put your feelings out here. Stand back and let people speak their peace. It is difficult to raise children these days, especially the children brought into this world by others. We have an obligation to nurture and raise all children who come along-- we can influence them in ways we may never truly see.

Your son harmed one person and destroyed the peace of mind of a community. We can take his story as a lesson to teach our own children about the violence that only begets more violence, about the drugs that only divorce us from ourselves.
scales of justice

Chicago, IL

#6 Dec 11, 2007
Thanks Frieda:

I read what you said, and your message is not only on an intelectual level but objective as well. So that you know, I have helped defuse gang members from shooting one another. I also have done several interventions on gift givers. That's where people with HIV expose other people to HIV. I know that alot people do thigs to help other people. I just want you to know because you seem to know what you are talking about. anyway, As far as people learning from my sons experience I think that we as parents or the people are somewhat are our brothers keeper. So that you know as well. The one person who said that I need my willy cut off is violent as well. Think about it... He or she wants a bobbit job done on me. HA!
I want you to know that I respect the way you communicated with me. You have been an inspiration to me for many more days to come...
I MISS LOUIS SO MUCH

Memphis, TN

#7 Jan 3, 2008
Louis,

I was your sons friend. I can assure you most of his actions were influenced by other people around him. I know this is not a good excuse for the thing he has done but he was easily brainwashed into believing what he was doing was the righ thing to do. As you being and ex gang member you should know what im talking about I also was part of this gang life and have changed my ways as well. He told me about his parents so i know well of what your talking about its sad to see how someone i loved so much has come to this spending part of his life in jail. The last time i saw him i had gone to visit him in jail. He told me how he was going to classes to get his GED and taking bible classes. The only thing i could do is just look at him with sadness and think why did he have to end up like this just for some stupid colors that arent even worth it look were that has got him. I really truly miss louis and i hope he does change and i know he can and has started to.
Silent Partner

Waukegan, IL

#8 Jan 5, 2008
Frieda your message was so well delivered. ditto to everything she said. We are not against you Louis sr. That is terrible that your son and you were denied a relationship. But you need to not be aggressiveif you are going to affect the public.

Friend of Louis, I hope you stay strong and encourage him to be right, even if he is in jail because there is a prison full of angry men who are waiting to recruit him or destroy him.
Silent Partner

Waukegan, IL

#9 Jan 5, 2008
To Louis sr,
Your son needs you more than ever. I know you already know that. But not for sympathy and being a crutch but to show him how to be a good strong man so when he comes out he can spend the rest of his life trying to make up for taking the life of another young man. Do the right thing Dad. I know you can be the dad he NEEDS.
LISY - YOUR AUNT -

Highland Park, IL

#10 Jan 7, 2008
I'm here to make a correction my nephew did not kill that guy from chicago. Don't get me wrong he was in the car, but he was not the shooter. If you look at the waukegan newsun you will see the whole story. My brother louis was talking about the first shooting which was before this one. That one, my nephew did shoot someone outside gurnee mills mall, but the guy lived. And like I am saying my nephew is wrong for what he did there. He says it was in self defense cause he felt in danger. From what I know it was two different gangs exchanging words. So that's how it all got started. But about the waukegan shooting he was in the car and part of all of it. So I know he has to pay for what he did in both cases. And to the guy from Long Grove Il my brother Louis is not looking for sympathy and he is not a failure as a dad or a human. Who are you to say he should get his willy clipped and that he shouldn't multiply. YOU ARE NOT GOD ARE YOU!!!!! My brother Louis was not in his son Louis life that is true, but what he said about his mother Edith is. When my nephew Louis was about two or so my mother and I tired to see him and his mother never let us. We would go take him gifts for Christmas, Birthday and Easter any Holiday so we can see him. That family did not let us see him. His mother Edith is at fault I'm not saying this cause Louis is my brother but it's the truth. Even when my brother was locked up we still try but nothing. I even try to look for my nephew in the school computer when I use to work for Lincoln Center and couldn't find him. But now I know why cause they changed his last name, when my brother was locked up. But anyways, I just want my nephew Wisito (that's what I called him ever since he was small) that I love him. We all love him and always will no matter what or who says different from his dad side. My nephew just life not ruin. He is not a bad kid, he just had a messed up life.
ScalesofJustice0

Chicago, IL

#11 Jan 9, 2008
Who is this silent person. Can I set up an email for you to contact me?
Do you know that, Louis, has to do %85 of his sentence? That means out of 18 years he has to do 15 years and 3 months. Also, do you know that, Louis, if he is conviceted of murder, would have to do %100 of that sentence? No one from that side of the family wants to hear me out. It's like they are demons seeking to destroy their own... I believe that I can help, Louis, if he would contact me. Not all the money in the world could get him out. He needs to surrender to God...

God bless everyone!
i_hope_you_chang e

Chicago, IL

#12 Jan 24, 2008
Danny is !@#$%^& your girl!
me-puerto rico

Waukegan, IL

#13 Jan 27, 2008
To i hope you change, if you do not have nothing nice to say don't say nothing. And to the girl that is suppose to be Louis's lady. If you couldn't wait for a year and so that hes been locked up. You should move on cause he got 18 years for the first shooting and whatever he gets for the second. And where he is going you can't **** him there. So for the both of you guys just leave him alone
scales of justice

Chicago, IL

#14 Jan 29, 2008
me-puerto rico wrote:
To i hope you change, if you do not have nothing nice to say don't say nothing. And to the girl that is suppose to be Louis's lady. If you couldn't wait for a year and so that hes been locked up. You should move on cause he got 18 years for the first shooting and whatever he gets for the second. And where he is going you can't **** him there. So for the both of you guys just leave him alone
Who is the idiot, me Puerto Rico? Don't be scared. This is, Wisito's Dad.

What is this shit you can't screw him. Do you really think that life is about that... I've spent 16 years of my life behind bars, and I can assure you that I did better things with my life than to think about sex. By the way, I'm a certified counselor with 6 years serving the community well. Whoever this is think before you talk. You sound like an idiot. To that, I know wisito is going to come back on appeal. I will handle his case personally.
lisy_aunt

Waukegan, IL

#15 Jan 31, 2008
Cool down brother :)People are saying whats on their mind,nothing is wrong with that. Your sis Lisy
I MISS LOUIS

Memphis, TN

#16 Feb 1, 2008
me-puerto rico wrote:
To i hope you change, if you do not have nothing nice to say don't say nothing. And to the girl that is suppose to be Louis's lady. If you couldn't wait for a year and so that hes been locked up. You should move on cause he got 18 years for the first shooting and whatever he gets for the second. And where he is going you can't **** him there. So for the both of you guys just leave him alone
Y U HATIN BITCH U NEED TO F****CALM YO AZZ DOWN N GET YO S**T STRAIGHT BEFORE I KNOCK SUM SENSE IN YO AZZ I GUESS U MUST BE ONE OF THEM TRIFLIN HOEZ IF FU***G IS WUT CHU THINK ABT DUMB AZZ BITCH
scales of justice

Chicago, IL

#17 Feb 2, 2008
Not always do you let people speak their minds...
These people that talk crazy, and they know who they are...are thinking that they are putting the last nail in the coffin. "I MISS LOUIS", believe me I've learned how people think...
I'll help, Wisito, get out of prison, but first he has to surrender completely to God!
Mark them words!
His Dad
I love you son...
i hope louis rots in jail

United States

#18 Mar 20, 2008
After shooting someone and nearly killing that person, you figure that you would try to get your life together and not get yourself in any more trouble. But no you still had to hang out with the same low-lifes and carry guns with you that eventually took the life of an innocent young man who was a good friend of mine. So Louis you got 18 for attempted murder and now that you have been found guilty for 1st degree murder I hope they sentence you to life without parole. You do not deserve another chance,,,you had it and blew it. And Lisy dont blame his stupid decisions on his messed up life because he was a bad kid and deserves whats coming. And daddy you are a coward.Like father like son. Its easy to defend people you love and only see what you want to see. But think of the family of the the young man your son murdered. He did not pull the trigger but he gave the gun to the person who did and that is just the same. Louis will spend the rest of his life in prison, the Guzman family will spend the rest of their lives without their son who had his whole life ahead him. A son who was actually contributing to society not like Louis who was poisoning it. Louis will think about what hes done the rest of his life and hopefully he will be too old to have kids,, we dont want any more Louis s running around waukegan.
Seek more justice

Vernon Hills, IL

#19 Mar 21, 2008
Louis Petrick is most likely be charged for another 1st degree murder for his involvement with the killing of William Guzman back in 2006. Hopefully, he will also be found guilty just like Bincente Lash found guilty on 2 lessor of the 4 1st degree murder charges. So, add on more years for him to rot in jail!
Does anybody know how many years Bicente Lash got for his conviction?
BeautifulMomof2

United States

#20 Mar 21, 2008
scales of justice wrote:
Not always do you let people speak their minds...
These people that talk crazy, and they know who they are...are thinking that they are putting the last nail in the coffin. "I MISS LOUIS", believe me I've learned how people think...
I'll help, Wisito, get out of prison, but first he has to surrender completely to God!
Mark them words!
His Dad
I love you son...
To you and I_MISS_LOUIS:
You ever wonder why your son is the way that he is? Take a good look at what you both posted. Very violent and negative and threatening. If you expect him to become an honorable man, start acting like it. Everyone is going to have their opinions and sometimes you may not agree but that doesn't mean that you have to threaten anyone. Although some people might sound ignorant and uneducated, you have to take a step back, take a deep breath, and ignore it. That's where violence begins-through words.

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