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Circumstances of Romeoville teen's death unclear

Eric Alhourani (left) and Marco Mesina.
Eric Alhourani (left) and Marco Mesina.

The circumstances of how an 18-year-old Romeoville man died from a gunshot wound to the head remain unclear.

Eric Alhourani, 19, and Marco Mesina, 20, both of Romeoville, were arrested in connection with the shooting of Carlos Gasca, who was declared brain dead Friday at Amita Bolingbrook Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the head the day before.

An autopsy performed Monday evening revealed Gasca suffered a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office. Gasca’s cause and manner of death will be determined at a later date. The coroner’s office did not classify Gasca’s death as a homicide.

Alhourani and Mesina have not been charged with murdering Gasca. Alhourani was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, armed violence and various drug charges. Mesina faces similar charges but was not charged with reckless discharge of a firearm.

According to a GoFundMe page for Gasca’s funeral expenses, “this was an accident that could have been avoided and we want to urge the world to remember guns are dangerous and can change lives in the blink of an eye.”

Romeoville police Cmdr. John Ferdinardo failed to return a call and several messages Tuesday.

State’s attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney refused to comment on why Gasca’s death was called an accident on the GoFundMe page, saying the case is under investigation.

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