Chicago Fire Department personnel attend to Jean Carlo Cobian, shot and killed after midnight on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, on South Archer Avenue just north of West 35th Street.

Family Seeks Answers, Pleads for Info on McKinley Park Homicide

Published January 25, 2021

The mother and other family members of Jean Carlo Cobian are still looking for answers after the 21-year-old Southwest Side resident was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 30, 2020, near South Archer Avenue and West 35th Street in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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“I’m hoping that somebody comes up with the truth,” said Oelia Jamie, Cobian’s mother. “I’m desperate.”

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JeanCarlo Cobien homicide reward posterThe reward poster for Jean Carlo Cobian's homicide tells how to get in touch with tips. Click here for a printable PDF version of this poster.The homicide, which took place on Archer Avenue just northeast of the 35th Street intersection, left Cobian prone on the street approximately in front of 3475 S. Archer Ave., a storefront in a mostly-empty flatiron building currently undergoing rehabilitation.

Jamie said it was her understanding that the incident occurred some time between 12:35 a.m. and 12:55 a.m.; the Chicago Police Department crime report for the incident lists its time at 1:28 a.m.

Under Investigation

“Officers responded to a call of a traffic crash at the location,” Officer Jason Sollis said of the incident during the CAPS Beat 912 meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. “Upon arrival, officers determined that the victim had sustained a gunshot wound.”

Sollis said that he and the Chicago Police Department were unable to provide more information due to the incident being under active investigation. “I’m hoping that in the very near future ... I can give you a positive update,” Sollis said.

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Both Jamie and media reports noted how Cobien had been driving — to his home in the Midway Airport area, Jamie said — and how his car was found abandoned a short distance away from the crime scene.

Still sought, Jamie said, is Cobian’s cell phone: a red iPhone in a hard, black case. Reports indicate that this was originally present at the crime scene, Jamie said, but can now not be found.

$5,000 Reward

A reward offers $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of perpetrators of Cobian’s homicide. “People who really cared about him, they put this money together,” Jamie said. All tips will remain confidential, she said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call or text (312) 414-7887 to provide info toward finding the offenders and qualifying for the reward, Jamie said.

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In order to raise awareness of and bring attention to the homicide of her son, Jamie provided photos of the crime scene to the McKinley Park News for publication with this article, she said.

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Any Little Detail

Jamie noted how her son had just turned 21 years old shortly before his death. “He was going to go back to college,” she said. “I could go on and on about how much my heart is breaking.”

Scant details are available about exactly what happened during the incident; Jamie said her son may have exited his car to help someone. She hopes that nearby residents and businesses may be able to provide supporting information, from minor details like remembering gunshots to footage from nearby surveillance cameras.

“Any little detail will help,” she said.

JeanCarlo Cobien homicide responders 20201230First responders and others stop at the crime scene for the homicide of Jean Carlo Cobian in the early morning of Wednesday, December 30, 2020, along South Archer Avenue just north of 35th Street.

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