Heights Police: Victim's Boyfriend Was Trying to Be a Gun Guy

Police have released more details about the death of 19-year-old Heights native Hayley Pelock.

Ryan Fantasia, 20, was attempting to assemble a gun when he accidentally shot and killed his 19-year-old girlfriend Hayley Pelock last Friday, police said.

Sgt. Tom Rogers explained, in detail, what police believe happened in Fantasia's upstairs bedroom in the first block of West 26th Street.

"What happened was, the victim just came back from school and went to visit her boyfriend [Fantasia]," Rogers said. "The boyfriend was on the bed allegedly trying to make and put together his gun that he had purchased. He was trying to be a gun guy, so to speak. As it was jamming on him he drew the slide back and it discharged. Unfortunately, his girlfriend was standing in the doorway, which was a couple of feet away, and it struck her in the abdomen area on the right side."

Fantasia's brother, John, then came upstairs and tried to administer CPR. After 911 was called, the police were told a different story than what had actually happened, Rogers added.

"The initial story was someone shot through the bedroom window, and that wasn't the case," Rogers said. "When we were able to get the boyfriend to the police station, his conscience just took over and he said, 'I have to tell the truth about what truly happened.'"

Ryan Fantasia also initially hid the gun before the police arrived, which is partially what led to his charges, Rogers added.

"Because the gun was hidden in the back yard and he lied at first to us, he did get charged with felony obstructing," Rogers explained. "There was no first-degree murder charge. The State's Attorney's office is ruling it as an accidental death."

Chicago Heights Police Chief Michael Camilli said he was amazed at how many people in the community knew Pelock personally and were affected by her death.

"That girl was really well-known and well-liked in the community," Camilli said. "She was related to one of our commanders, and a lot of people just thought she was great."

Rogers said the police department has yet to see any signs that the shooting was intentional.

"They were together for two years, from what we're understanding," Rogers said. "There was never any domestic issues that have been brought to our attention between them. When we did go to his house, we found gun cleaning kits and gun manuals. So his story was accurate in that he did want to be a gunsmith and learn about taking apart and putting together guns."

Pelock's family and friends have been sharing their memories of the 19-year-old Marian Catholic graduate on a memorial Facebook fan page, amassing more than 1,300 likes in just a few days.

Cook County Circuit Judge Darren Bowden set Fantasia's bail at $5,000 Sunday at the Markham courthouse. He is expected to appear in court April 4.

Lovelife March 17, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Oh and Hayley wasnt upset that day she was stressed about a test we had in school.
larry jones March 17, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Yes Jasmine, they are two different extremes and I'm surprised you figured that out. I may not be anymore informed than anyone else in this case but I have not formed an opinion like you state you have. Maybe you have more information or perhaps you just talk without thinking. And, I am a retired Chicago policeman with 29 years of service and proud of it. Thanks for giving everyone your opinion.
Mickey March 17, 2011 at 09:01 PM
I think the language is inappropriate. This is a comment forum follow the rules. No one has made bad remarks about Hayley. All sympathies are with her family. As concerned citizens we have a right to speak about what maybe an injustice. The medical examiner ruled it a homicide. That's info the public has the right to know about. If you don't like it. Don't read it. QUOTE" Hayley knew Ryan had an illegal gun? They are ALL drug addicts EXCEPT for Ryan and John." You're the one doing damage to Hayley's memory.
Christopher Paicely (Editor) March 17, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Lovelife, I removed you previous comment only because of some of the language. If you would like to repost it without the vulgarity, it will not be taken down. Sorry for your loss. Chris Paicely Chicago Heights Patch Editor
Emmanuel March 18, 2011 at 12:37 AM
May God heal the Pelocks and Ryan. Everyone is talking about Ryan and "how and why would you"...? Did it occur to anyone he is 19!! Hes a kid, of course he dont think about not having it loaded ect. Sorry but a kid just dont know how to properly handle a gun and made a HORRIBLE mistake. I couldnt imagine being in either parties shoes. My prayers forever!
Lovelife March 18, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Sorry about the language Chris. Im mourning the loss of my friend and it sucks to see people making opinions about newspaper articles that all say something different. I wasnt there but she wasnt upset at Ryan she was stressed about her test. Just want to clear that up. I saw her 2 hours before it happened. But anyways im done here. Its to hurtful.
Emmanuel March 18, 2011 at 01:31 AM
Yes exactly! Those 2 were madly in love! Ryan worshiped that girl. He always told me "dude, Hayleys my angel. I dont know what I'd do without her, she's so good to me". For people to say wrong negative stuff is horrible. Lets focus on what we can do to help Hayley's family to rebuild and Ryan to heal.
Emmanuel March 18, 2011 at 01:45 AM
LIKE!! :)
larry jones March 18, 2011 at 01:53 AM
This one is is real intelligent one. THE EXCUSE IS HE IS ONLY 19. Well I guess its ok then. I have an 8 year old grandson who knows that a gun is dangerous. I don't know if the shooter has a learning disability or just the writer Emmanuel.
larry jones March 18, 2011 at 01:57 AM
By all means, lets get Ryan to heal, that is the most important thing . But before you do you may want to see what the police know that you don't. Because he may need some more "healing"
John Q Public March 18, 2011 at 05:18 PM
To tell you the truth, I'm more appalled by the people in and around Chicago Heights and their inability to spell common words-- "there" when you mean "their", "edicite" when you mean "etiquette". It's all very disheartening to see the school systems failing right before our eyes. Maybe if the schools cared even just slightly more about their students then perhaps Mr. Fantasia would've been studying his lessons instead of trying to clean a gun. What a shame. R.I.P. Hayley
Emmanuel March 18, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Larry I pray that your 8 year old never makes a mistake like that and you eat your words. Nothing is "ok". I wish we had a video of your life, Im sure you wouldnt have that smart mouth. Most likely your shame would humble you. Lets clean the smudges out of our own eye instead of telling ppl about the smudge in theirs. RIP HAYLEY
larry jones March 18, 2011 at 10:06 PM
Emmanuel, Thanks for the prayers, If I had a video of my life you would pay big money to watch it. I think the"smart mouth" has always been there and well cultivated, thank you. And if you are going to quote the bible please get it correct. It's not smudges.
Terry Cornell March 19, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Its a shame. This guy had a gun didn't know how to handle etc. He's responsible. I'm a firm believer in gun rights but, the person who has possession of the gun are responsible for how he/she uses it. No different that anyything else.
Mickey March 19, 2011 at 03:38 PM
QUESTIONS: 1. How many people were actually in the house when the shooting occurred. 2. When was the 911 call? Who made it? 3. When did police arrive? 4. Who was in the house when the police arrived? 5. Why the rush to judgment by the police? This will not go away until the facts are laid before the public and all questions are answered. Ir's not the police right to keep secrets on cases they have closed. In fact it is illegal. If the defenders of Ryan want this to go away help in seeking the truth. Murder is every bodies business, the law is every bodies business, humanity is every bodies business.
Emmanuel March 19, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Larry, if I wanted to quote the Bible I would have documented it....for example the Gospel according to Matthew 7:3-5...is what your referencing here.
larry jones March 19, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Emmanuel, I didn't reference anything, I was only correcting your biblical reference. Sorry if it upset you.
Mickey March 20, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Chicago Heights Crime Statistics is alarming - almost twice the national average. http://www.clrsearch.com/Chicago_Heights_Demographics/IL/Crime_Statistics
concerned March 21, 2011 at 11:07 PM
First i would like to say this information is from somebody close to Haley. one week before the shooting Ryan received a call from a friend of his and said he needed his help for gang members were after him,he was a block away from ryans house. Haley was there when this happened, ryan ran out the house and down the block, soon after haley heard 5 or 6 gunshots and called her girlfiends freaking out, after that Ryan told her he was buying a gun, he drove to Indiana with his buddy and bought that gun, he wasnt going to be a gunsmith he had those manuals to learn about the gun so they could go out and shoot at those people that were after his buddy.and yes Haley was mad at Ryan for buying that gun that day she was at school.Unfortunaly Haley was shot instead of the gang bangers that that gun was intended for so Ryan isnt that innocent, he still bought that gun to shoot somebody
Mickey March 21, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Does that make it an interstate crime? Can you get Foid's from IN? Unfortunately that sound's like a more beleiveable scenario than Ryan's.
Mickey March 21, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Did he need to get a Foid in IN? Did he buy or buddy? Did he use fake id or is the age lower in IN??
Winston Wolf March 22, 2011 at 03:50 AM
You seem strangely obsessed with this story. Professionals are investigating this case, not you. Relax already.
larry jones March 22, 2011 at 04:50 AM
OMG, Is it possible that some here are professionals. I thing you may be surprised Winston.
Margaret Lux March 22, 2011 at 04:51 AM
Margaret Lux March 22, 2011 at 04:57 AM
Then why did his parents allow him to buy a gun? If he knew nothing about them and the law in Illinois is "one may purchase a gun under the age of 21 with a parents consent"? WHY DID HE BUY ONE> And the GUN GUY theory is looking worse than it sounds!
Margaret Lux March 22, 2011 at 05:00 AM
All of this just shows that the police and everyone else has NO control in that lousy little town !
Mickey March 22, 2011 at 02:38 PM
If there was gunfire the week before in the neighborhood there maybe 911 calls or someone in the neighborhood may have heard about it. There should be phone records of Hayley calling her girlfriends. There maybe more gun gang shooting if Ryan purchased the gun to shoot a gang member. He or someone else may decide to avenge Hayley's death. There is much more to this story.
mr lahey March 29, 2011 at 06:11 PM
anything new on this story here or in print?
Joeseph Johnson June 11, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Oh stop it your acting like you knew her. First off its your fault for not telling the cops you were abused. Second just because a girl doesn't have pics of her and her boyfriend doesn't mean anything half of the girl with boyfriends won't have that many pics up it will mostly be pics of the girl with her friends.
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