Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Margaret Gomez

Compiled by Staff
MARGARET GOMEZ. Say her name.

Not trash. Not widgets. Not just a statistic. Not forgotten. No, not one of the 51.

Despite the way their killer discarded their breathless brutalized bodies in assorted alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings or set ablaze in garbage cans from Chicago’s South Side to the West Side, they are human. 

Not garbage.

Say their names. Look into their eyes. See their souls…

No matter how sordid the details of some of these victims’ past, they were flesh and blood, heart and soul, human. All 51.

Margaret Gomez is among the 51 women whose stories the “Unforgotten” project sought to tell. On Jan. 12, 2006, she was found dead and partially clothed in a salvage yard, in the 4200 block of Knox Avenue, on the city’s Southwest Side.

Margaret’s family is among those we attempted unsuccessfully to reach during our project. What we can tell you about Margaret is that she was someone’s daughter and that she did not deserve to die this way. She was loved, she is missed, and she is not forgotten.