By Melissa Rohman
Berwyn resident Peter Fabbri was more than just another crime statistic to his family and friends. He was born on December 18, 1961. He was a family man and a hard worker. He was the father to two adult daughters.
“Stand up, loving, caring; he’d always do anything to be there for you,” said Joe Fabbri, 47, to describe his oldest brother Peter. “He’s always been there, he’s always been a worker. He worked all his life.”
Peter Fabbri, 54, was shot dead at the northeast corner of East Monroe St. and South Michigan Ave. near Millennium Park at about 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 by gang member Paul Pagan, 32, after an argument that occurred between Pagan and Fabbri, the Chicago police department reported.
Pagan has been arrested 39 times, has four felony convictions, and had been wanted on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to police.
Peter Fabbri’s niece, Nina Parks, was very fond of her uncle and made her Facebook profile picture a commemoration of his life.
“A huge hearted man and was always there for anyone if he could be,” Parks wrote on a GoFundMe page she set up to help pay for her uncle’s funeral expenses.
According to CPD police Commander Brendan Deenihan who spoke at the press conference broadcasted live through Chicago Police Department’s Facebook account, the argument between Pagan and Fabbri occurred on the corner of South Michigan Ave. and East Monroe St. alongside an argument Fabbri, his sister, Shelly Fabbri, and girlfriend, Jere Lynch, got into with a group of people handing out religious pamphlets that the three considered were spreading a hateful message.
Fabbri, his sister, and girlfriend were arguing with the group when Pagan rode up on his bicycle, accompanied by his girlfriend and her two children walking along beside him, and got into an argument with Fabbri, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The argument then turned physical and Pagan shot Fabbri twice, according to Chicago police.
Fabbri’s family is still trying to process his death.
“I’m doing the best I can, taking it day by day. I talk to him and miss him. My dad just died four months ago, so this is crazy,” said Joe Fabbri.
According to police, Pagan rode away on his bicycle after shooting Fabbri and shook off Fabbri’s sister Shelly Fabbri and girlfriend Jere Lynch who tried to stop Pagan. Soon after, officers were able to track Pagan down due to police being alerted in the surrounding area and by identifying the gang tattoos covering Pagan’s head.
Pagan was then brought to the scene of the crime, identified by witnesses and immediately arrested that same evening, according to police. Pagan attended bond court on Sept. 27 and was charged with murder.
“But you know, nobody’s perfect and everybody has faults, and Peter, he’s a tough guy and took nothing from nobody. That’s how this ended up happening,” Joe Fabbri said. “They had an argument and the guy got scared and next thing you know a gun was pulled out.”
Joe Fabbri, Peter Fabbri’s youngest brother, also lives in Berwyn. He is the youngest of four along with a younger stepbrother. Peter Fabbri’s other siblings include Bruno and Shelly, according to Joe Fabbri.
Joe and Peter Fabbri worked closely together over the years doing labor around the city of Chicago.
“The fondest memory of me and my brother was probably working with him. We worked together a lot, and long time ago when he had his boat and we’d be on Lake Michigan on his boat,” said Joe Fabbri. “We worked together at U.S. Cellular Park, we worked at the Cook County Jail, the Shedd Aquarium. We did labor together with the American Labor Union. He was the labor foreman and I was labor.”
Recently, Joe and Peter were working around the Chicagoland area and suburbs doing rehab on houses for a close friend’s business.
Peter Fabbri was a family man and a hard worker, as Joe explains, something that could be known instantly about Peter just by looking at commemoration pictures posted by his friends and loved ones on social media.
“You mess with one of us you mess with all of us. It’s mandatory as a family,” said Joe.