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Illinois man killed after wearing hat leaning to the right

By Mason White 8:38 AM March 14, 2013
Jose M. Garcia and Jose Rebollar-Verara 

By: Eva Fett
Illinois police said that a man was murdered for the way he wore his hat, according to press reports in Illinois.

The man wore his hat leaning to the right when he was killed early Sunday in Zion, Lake County prosecutors said today.

Jose M. Garcia, 18, and Jose Rebollar-Verara, 24, thought the hat tilt of 19-year-old Gabriel Gonzales, meant that he was a member of a rival gang, Ken LaRue, an assistant state attorney, said.

Gonzales left the One Stop Food and Liquor Store, at 12:45 am, when Rebollar-Verara and Garcia followed him outside and started flashing gang signs, LaRue said. Gonzales tried to escape when he was shot ten times, LaRue said.

Gonzales fell down and died, LaRue said. He was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead at 1:52 am, according to a news release from Round Lake Beach Police.

Two witnesses provided information and identified Garcia and Verara-Rebollar, LaRue said. Police are searching for a third man who was with them, also flashing gang signs, but remained on the sidewalk, LaRue said.
There was no information indicating that Gonzales was in a gang, LaRue said.