Long weekend getaway with the lovely, @lienyeung
Chicago was cold and busy, much more so than expected. Nonetheless, we ate and drank our way through the city and had a ton of fun! We’ll be back when it’s warmer but for now, back to work... with a cold 🤧
As Tamara O'Neal's family gathered in her parents' living room in rural LaPorte County, Ind., on Tuesday, they traded stories about their love for a woman who had found her way in life as an emergency room doctor.
But there was one subject they were reluctant to talk about: Juan Lopez.
Lopez had killed O’Neal, his ex-fiancee, on Monday in a violent confrontation at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago. The shootout also claimed the lives of a police officer and a pharmacist, as well as Lopez.
As recently as September, Lopez and O’Neal were engaged, with a wedding date fast approaching. But O’Neal had broken it off just weeks before she was to exchange vows with Lopez, said her aunt, Vickie O’Neal. It was unclear exactly why.
Her father, Thomas, chose his words carefully. “The only thing I could say for that: She broke off the engagement; he couldn’t get over it,” he said.
Dr. Tamara O'Neal died in a shooting at Mercy Hospital on Nov. 19, 2018. (Franciscan Health)
Indeed, Lopez had confronted O’Neal on Monday to demand the engagement ring back, a police spokesman said. And Lopez had a history of threatening domestic violence. In 2014, a judge granted a restraining order against him for his ex-wife.
But O’Neal’s family members said they never could have imagined that the relationship would come to such a violent end. “This was a total surprise to us,” O’Neal’s father said. “We knew that there was a disconnect there, but nothing to this magnitude. We never expected this.” Instead, the family talked at length about their love for a daughter who had blazed a trail as the first doctor in the family.
She enrolled at Purdue University to study child psychology. While there, she was in a lab where she held a human brain, her father said. That was her breakthrough moment, when it clicked that she wanted to go to medical school, he said.
After receiving a bachelor of arts from Purdue, she enrolled in the summer of 2007 in a certificate program at Southern Illinois University — a program designed to give students the necessary coursework required for medical school
On my way to catch my flight back home, I had a conversation with my cousin. She asked me why I took this solo trip. The bottom line: I wanted to get lost. And I did. I wanted to get away from everything, but quite frankly I didn’t. Rather, I imagined that I would be here in these spaces with the person that exposed me to this world of exploration and fearlessness. I did, however, find some answers that I was looking for. It was not the worst experience, but it was pretty bad for several reasons. I would have much rather shared this trip with someone else. Would I do this again in the future? Maybe. Although, I am continually learning what I am capable of. Onto the next chapter.
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