14-Year-Old Evanston Boy Shot and Killed Saturday Night
The shooting happened in the 1500 block of Church Street around 10:40 p.m. Police are releasing few other details at this point. The victim was a freshman at Evanston Township High School.
Updated 6 p.m. Sunday
Evanston police have released a little more information about Saturday night's shooting, saying that Dajae Coleman was, "walking with friends when four shots were fired, one striking and fatally wounding, the victim in the chest."
Dajae graduated from Haven Middle School in June and was attending Evanston Township High School as a freshman, police said.
ETHS printed Dajae's "belief statement" from his humanities class on its website this evening. In it, he talks about the love and support he got from his family, particularly his mother and grandfather. You can read it here.
Police are seeking information from the public about the crime. People should call the department's juvenile bureau at (847) 866-5050 or text an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) followed by EPDTIP in the message line and then your tip information.
Updated 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Dajae Coleman, the 14-year-old who was shot and killed Saturday evening, was a freshman at Evanston Township High School.
Superintendent Eric Witherspoon posted a note on the school's website saying the community was "very saddened" by the news and that, "our sympathy and thoughts are with Dajae’s family."
The message also let the ETHS community know that, "Our Student Services department personnel will be available throughout the day on Monday, September 24, in room E118 to provide grief counseling to any student or staff member who might need it. No appointment is necessary.
A 14-year-old Evanston boy was shot and killed last night, according to police.
The Evanston Police Department sent out a press release this morning that said officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Church Street at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. The teenager was then found shot and killed.
The North Regional Major Crimes Task Force is assisting the Evanston Police Department with the investigation.
TribLocal is reporting that the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the victim as Dajae Coleman of the 1900 block of Foster Street.
No further information is being released at this time. Patch will update the story as we learn more.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the detective bureau at 847-866-5040.