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The night was clear and moonlit as five friends gathered in the alley behind the La Baquette Bakery in Little Village, a neighborhood in Chicago known for its vibrant Latin American community. They often used the area to skateboard and hang out, enjoying the relative safety of the space without having to venture far from their neighborhood.
On that Sunday, February 5th, at around 11:00 p.m., they were chatting and skating around when they noticed something odd. A creature stood perched on the roof of the local flea market, about 50 yards away from them. It was a pitch-black humanoid figure that towered at least seven feet tall, with enormous wings that were as wide as a car.
The creature’s eyes glowed a bright red, intense like the taillights of a car. It made chirping noises that were loud enough for the friends to hear across the parking lot. As they watched, the creature kept its eyes on them, making them feel like they were in danger.
For about a minute, the creature stayed there, watching them. The friends were scared out of their wits and feared that the creature was after them. Suddenly, it shot straight into the air and flew over them, all the while keeping its eyes on them.
One of the friends wanted to run, but the others urged him to stay still. They feared that running might trigger a predatory response from the creature, leading it to chase them and follow them home. Instead, they silently prayed for protection to La Virgin de Guadalupe, a Catholic title of Mary, mother of Jesus, often associated with a series of Marian apparitions said to have occurred in Mexico City in 1531.
The creature flew off in the direction of the arch, leaving the friends shaken and frightened. They discussed the incident the next day and speculated that one of the friend’s ex-girlfriends might have sent the creature after them. She was known to be a practitioner of Brujeria, a type of Latin American witchcraft.
The witness who submitted the report estimated that the sighting took place between 11 and 11:30 p.m. The temperature was around 30 degrees, and there was very little wind that night. The witness also reported that they were relatively alone in the parking lot, making the sighting even more eerie.
This sighting is the second reported winged humanoid sighting out of Little Village to specifically mention La Virgin de Guadalupe. The first sighting came from a father and daughter who claimed to have seen a thin, black figure with glowing red eyes near La Burbuja grocery store in Little Village on October 25th, 2022. That sighting also mentioned a chirping noise made by the creature.
This sighting is part of a string of ‘Mothman’ sightings from within a few hundred-mile radius surrounding Lake Michigan, including every state bordering the great lake. These sightings have been reported since at least 2017 and have spawned numerous investigations and theories about the nature of the creatures and their origins.
This sighting has been forwarded to the Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research Team for further investigation. The witness who submitted the report has been contacted, but the other witnesses have yet to be reached. Any updates will be posted to the website, and the investigation continues.