Updated: January 30, 2014 7:00AM
Family and friends of a slain pregnant teenager, whose baby doctors were able to save, held a candlelight vigil Saturday in her memory.
The aunt of 17-year-old Eva Casara said at the vigil in Dolton — held where the teen was found on Christmas Day, shot in the head and left between two apartment buildings — that her niece’s baby, Laylani, is “doing much better.”
“She’s a true fighter,” Jennifer Ross said of the baby, who weighed just over a pound when delivered.
Casara, 51/2-months pregnant, had left her home on Chicago’s Southwest Side on Wednesday but didn’t tell family members where she was going. She had intended to go to her mother’s house in Calumet City for Christmas dinner.
“My family is torn from this,” Ross said. “You cannot imagine what we are going through.”
The girl’s mother, Estrellita Casara, described her daughter as “happy,” with “no worries” before joining others in a vigil that included a march to where police believed she was shot, in the 15200 block of South Dorchester, before being dumped in the snow in the 1100 block of East 152nd Street.
Along with members of the organization Roseland Cease Fire, which is working to stem gun-related violence in that Chicago community, family and friends shouted “Eva, we miss you; Eva, we love you” as they walked down the street.
Dolton Mayor Riley Rogers called the girl’s murder an “embarrassment to our community.”