Mum killed after being dragged from car and shot as husband tried to shield her

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A mum-of-two has died after she and her husband were attacked in a sick ambush in Chicago over the weekend.

Dad Gyovanni Arzuaga, 24, died on the night of the attack while shielding sweetheart Yasmin Perez from beatings and bullets.

But Yasmin nonetheless died of her wounds on Tuesday morning.

Viral video footage of the attack showed the attackers running away from the bodies while they lay next to the car.

Yasmin and Gyovanni had been celebrating the Puerto Rican Day Parade at Humboldt Park on the city's west side.

A GoFundMe to help the couple's young children, Sofiya and Jayden, has raised almost $75,000 (£54k) in just a few days.

Jayden will celebrate his first birthday on Friday.

One individual donor, Kary Babins, gave $2,000 (£1.4k) alongside 1,504 others who generously gave.

The cruel killings are the latest vicious act in a city that has suffered a particularly violent year.

Nine were wounded and seven were killed by gun violence in the city on Monday alone.

Family friend Jae Pacheco told the Chicago Sun-Times the couple were a perfect match.

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She said: "They first met each other at a party and it was over with from there.

"They fell in love with each other and they spent years together. They made a family together.

"It was love at first sight."

Pacheco added she wanted Yasmin to be remembered as much more than just a victim.

"She was amazing. It may look hard for a lot of people, but Yasmin was such a great mom.

"She loved her kids so much. You could tell they were so loved and they were so happy."

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed to find the killers and bring justice back to a wounded city.

She said police had "promising leads" in catching the perpetrators of the "horrific" attack.

Mayor Lightfoot said: "There's one person who dealt the fatal shot.

"But there were others who were standing by who dragged that poor woman out of the car.

"The man who was killed literally used his body as a shield and paid for that with his life."

To the criminals involved, the city mayor had a stark warning.

She said: "You need to turn yourself in because we are going to spare no resource whatsoever to find them and you and bring you to justice and make sure that these people who created such brazen chaos and harm are held in custody until they see their day in court."

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