Carlos Hernandez, 44, was in his nephew's car when the vehicle was stolen around 6 a.m. Thursday, Waukegan police said.
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The body of a Waukegan man was found Thursday morning, hours after his nephew's car was hijacked with him in it, police said.
The family of Carlos Hernandez, 44, said his nephew, Juan Uriostigui, picked him up for work around 6 a.m. They work together at a painting business in Chicago.
Uriostigui said he left his Cadillac STS parked in front of the house on the 400 block of Hickory and ran inside for a minute or two while his uncle waited outside. In the house, Uriostigui said he heard his aunt screaming that someone was trying to steal the car.
The suspects took off, police said, with Hernandez in the vehicle.
Hernandez was found with gunshot wounds two blocks away at Julian and North streets, the Medical Examiner's Office confirmed. The car was discovered abandoned nearby at Julian and County streets.
Uriostigui told NBCChicago he's upset and confused by the motive of the carjacking.
"That's my anger," he said. "If they wanted my car they should've just taken my car. They didn't have to take my uncle."
Investigators continued combing the area Thursday looking for clues.
Hernandez leaves behind a wife and a daughter.