Posted on October 10, 2023

Chicago Shooting: Navy Vet Shot to Death While Working as Tow Truck Driver in East Garfield Park

Jessica D'Onofrio and Stephanie Wade, WLS, October 6, 2023

A 27-year-old tow truck driver was killed early Friday morning while on the job.

Not only was he a U.S. Navy veteran who served his country, but he was also an expectant father.

He and his fiancée were preparing for their baby shower this weekend. The family is now devastated and trying to console one another.

To receive a call in the middle of the night from her son’s friend, Ericha Lilly-Hosick knew something was terribly wrong.

“They had been on the phone when my son was shot,” Lilly-Hosick said.

She immediately picked up his fiancée and drove as fast as she could to her son. But, by the time she got there, he was already gone.

“As his mother, I had to make that drive. I had to know and I had that hope that my son wasn’t gone,” Lilly-Hosick said.

Jack Jacobsen had just repossessed a black Land Rover in East Garfield Park, his company said, when he was ambushed by a large group of people at around 1:30 a.m.

Jack Jacobsen

Jack Jacobsen

The front windshield was riddled with bullet holes in the 3000 block of West 5th Avenue. Jacobsen was shot to death while sitting in the front seat.

“We are so far away from that lifestyle, and to lose my son to it,” Lilly-Hosick said.