Seek funds for Clearing dad killed on 63rd Street

Leaves wife, three children behind

By Cosmo Hadac

Clearing and Garfield Ridge residents are showing compassion for the family of a 26-year-old Clearing man recently struck and killed as he crossed the street at 63rd and Natoma.

Manuel “Manny” Espiritu Hueledel Zhunaula, was struck on Dec. 8 and died of his injuries three days later at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

The motorist whose vehicle hit him was ticketed but not arrested. Police declined to disclose the motorist’s name.

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Mr. Zhunaula (right) with his wife and immediate family. –Supplied photo

Mr. Zhunaula, an Ecuadorian immigrant, leaves behind his wife, Andrea Tapia; 1-year-old daughter, Emily; stepsons, Kaleb and Kevin; and other family and friends.

An online remembrance described him as a talented craftsman willing to take on any project.

A GoFundMe page set up for his family to cover the cost of the funeral, medical bills and other expenses has raised a bit more than $11,000 of its $40,000 goal, from 143 people. Donations are still being accepted.

In response to the generosity of the community Andrea Tapia wrote on Facebook, “Thank you to everyone who has donated from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate you all, as this has been such a difficult time. I never thought I’d be the one to have a GoFundMe based on a tragic loss. No one ever thinks it will happen to them. Please hold your loved ones extra tight, give them an extra kiss, say I love you and appreciate the present moment because tomorrow is never promised.”

Services were Dec. 20 from Ridge Funeral Home to St. Rita Church. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery.