Motive’ podcast figure killed girlfriend in apparent murder-suicide, Chicago


A Chicago man whose shooting was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times/WBEZ Chicago podcast “Motive” killed his girlfriend and himself at a home on the Northwest Side earlier this month, authorities say.
Earl Casteel, 39, was found dead at 1:22 a.m. On a porch in the 4900 block of West Wrightwood Avenue in Belmont Cragin of a gunshot wound to the chest, police said.
Cecilia Bonilla, his 41-year-old girlfriend and the mother of his children, who was shot in the chest and arms, died at a hospital on June 20.
Brendan Deenihan, the Chicago Police Department’s chief of detectives, said the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide based on interviews and other evidence, though investigators are awaiting the results of forensic tests, and the Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t ruled yet on Casteel’s death.
The police said they found one of the couple’s sons walking about two blocks away after the shootings. He isn’t believed to have anything to do with the murder-suicide, officials say.
In a 2018 interview for “Motive,” Casteel described getting shot by Jimenez:
“And the first thing he said is, ‘You tell me why should I blast you?’ And he pulled a gun out and pointed at me. So I told him, I said, ‘You know, I got, I don’t have a problem with you. You know, what’s your problem? You know, what’s going on exactly?’ Then, he tells me I got to shut up.
“And then he fired a shot, and the first one hit in my leg, it hit me in my left leg. So I knew I was hit. I didn’t know my leg was broken. And, as he drove off, he fired another shot, and it hit me my right leg.”
Three years after the shooting, Casteel said, “I still have pain — like there’s only a certain amount of time that I can stand up without it start throbbing and aching, and then I have to sit down. It’s bad.”
Listen to “Motive” wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Spotify and Stitcher.


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