In a tragic incident that has left a family in mourning, a newly arrived immigrant died weeks after arriving in Chicago. The death of Rona Rozo, a 30-year-old woman from Venezuela, has prompted her family to file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Holiday Inn Countryside, Rincon Family Services, and hospitals where she sought treatment.
According to court records and the Cook County medical examiner’s office, Rona Rozo died on December 2nd, 2022, in the 6200 block of Joliet Road, inside the suburban hotel, and her death was ruled a suicide. Her sister, Nefer Rozo, who had also fled Venezuela and arrived in the Chicago area last fall, filed the lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County after pushing for answers about why more wasn’t done to get Rona Rozo treatment.
The lawsuit alleges that Rincon Family Services, a Chicago-based organization, was negligent because they didn’t obtain psychiatric and therapeutic care for Rona Rozo in time. Rincon Family Services declined to comment, citing the organization’s policy not to comment on litigation.
The family also alleges that the hotel’s premises were a liability because it didn’t provide adequate security, left equipment out that was used during the death, and failed to monitor the premises, according to the lawsuit. The independently owned and operated Holiday Inn Countryside did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The tragic circumstances of Rona Rozo’s death have left her family in shock and disbelief. Her sister, Nefer Rozo, has been working tirelessly to uncover the truth behind what happened to her sister and why more wasn’t done to help her. The family’s lawsuit seeks justice for Rona Rozo and accountability for those responsible for her death.
Rona Rozo’s story highlights the challenges and struggles faced by many immigrants who arrive in the United States seeking a better life. It’s a reminder of the importance of providing support and resources to those who are most vulnerable and in need. The lawsuit filed by her family serves as a call to action for all those who care about justice and fairness, and who believe that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
The court hearing scheduled for May 2nd will provide an opportunity for the family to seek answers and justice for Rona Rozo. It’s a crucial step in the long journey toward healing and closure for a family that has been shattered by tragedy. The outcome of this case will be closely watched by many, as it has the potential to set a precedent for how immigrants are treated and protected in the United States.