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The Evanston Police Department continues to investigate the tragic shooting incident that occurred on Jan. 9. The Police Department was saddened by the passing of Marta Torres this past Saturday evening at 6 p.m. She was the gunshot victim from the IHOP at 100 Howard the evening of Jan. 9.

The family of Martha Torres are going through a very difficult time and have requested privacy. The family did request the assistance of EPD in sharing the statement below. The EPD asks that community members “respect the privacy of the family as they navigate through these difficult times.” 

Statement from the family of Marta Torres:

We are heartbroken to share the news that Marta Torres has passed away following complications resulting from the horrific and senseless act of violence on January 9th, 2021. Marta, affectionately known as ‘Chacha’ to her grandchildren, was our loving mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt and friend. She cherished her family and was a true friend to everyone she met, from all walks of life. Marta was a thoughtful, generous, kind, loyal, sincere, strong, hardworking and special woman who radiated and impacted lives with an infectious, positive energy. She had an unforgettable joyous voice. She loved to read, write, dance, go to live concerts, and was a keychain and mug collector.

Marta loved kids and dedicated her life to teaching, most recently as a teacher’s assistant at Washington School in the Evanston/Skokie School District 65.  

While we mourn the loss of a wonderful woman, we also celebrate her remarkable life, with the hope it serves as an example for others to live lives of faith, love, family and friendship. We ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy at this time, as we grieve Marta’s passing and begin the healing process.