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Cops, neighbors seek answers in assault of 15-year-old girl

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Neighbors on Long Avenue are looking to each other for support and still trying to figure out how a 15-year-old girl was beaten and sexually assaulted in a neighbor's yard without anyone knowing.

Chicago police said the girl was walking down the 2400 block of Long Avenue Tuesday morning when she was attacked.

Neighbor, Michael Klockowski, found her beaten in his yard after the fact.

Klockowski was going to sweep the snow from his rear walkway just after 8 a.m. in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side when he found the girl outside his backdoor.

Blood was pooling in the snow around her head. Her pants had been yanked off. Her shoes were off her feet. Klockowski noticed a condom wrapper nearby. She was all but unconscious, moving a little, but saying nothing.

The bloody fingerprints inches from his doorbell lead Klockowski to believe she was trying to signal for help, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Police said the attack happened about 6 a.m. They believe she was struck in the head, dragged to the yard and sexually assaulted.

Neighbors are now concerned about other high school students who also have to walk early in the morning.

"It just makes me feel sad and concerned, but also at the same time scared. Because I have to walk to school and…walk back, so it just leaves me thinking and paranoid," neighbor Eric Gutierrez said.

One neighbor, Hugo Gutierrez, came to the aid of the victim's mother as a translator.

He said she knew something was wrong when she found out her daughter never made it to school.

"The officer didn't want to tell the mom exactly what happened, but they told me what was going on and she had to rush to the hospital," Hugo Gutierrez said.

For parents, like Gutierrez, sadness for the family is now followed by concern for others in the area.

"We're neighbors, we're family, we're on the same block, we can help each other," he said.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Community Church in the 5300 block of West Diversey will address community safety concerns, according to Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th).

Reboyras said the meeting, organized by the community group Northwest Side Housing Services will address safety measures and will allow residents to have questions answered. Reboyras said he'll be in attendance, as well as a police commander and detective.

Chicago police are asking neighbors if anyone saw anything and that no matter how minor, to give them a call.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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