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Family Demands Justice After Mother Of Five Killed In Shoplifting Incident

Sircie Varnado was accused of shoplifting last Wednesday and shot by an "unofficial security guard" who identified himself as police.
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By Breanna Edwards · June 19, 2019
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A Chicago family is demanding justice after a 46-year-old mother of five was shot and killed at a Walgreens last Wednesday in the Belmont Cragin community.

According to CBS Chicago, Sircie Varnado was on her way to see her boyfriend and was picking some things up from the Walgreens when a store clerk confronted her and accused her of shoplifting.

The clerk then apparently called a friend for help. That friend arrived with a gun, claiming to be the police.

A verbal argument was quickly followed by a physical struggle. The man shot Varnardo in the head, killing her, before running off.

“She didn’t deserve to be executed like that. He could have just held her for the police. He didn’t have to shoot her in her face. She didn’t have no weapon,” Varnado’s sister, April Reed told the news station.

Varnado’s family also said that the 46-year-old was disabled and unemployed.

“There are many ways he could have apprehended her without shooting her in the face,” Maria Reed, another sister, added. “He could have Tased her, he could have subdued her, hold her down, even pepper sprayed her, at least she would have been alive.”

Police have since identified and been in contact with the man accused of killing Varnado. Officials said that he is considered an “unofficial security guard” at the Walgreens in question, and has a valid FOID card, as well as a concealed carry license, ABC7Chicago noted.

As of Monday, no charges had been filed in the case.

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