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Dajae Coleman: The Story So Far

Dajae, a 14-year-old Evanston Township High School freshman, was shot and killed while walking with friends Saturday night. Here is Patch's complete coverage.

Dajae Coleman, 14, was shot and killed while walking with friends on Church Street around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Since his death, there has been an outpouring of community sadness and support as well as calls to action.

Here is Patch's complete coverage of the shooting and aftermath:

Man Charged in Dajae's Murder Will Enter Plea Next Week

Wesley Woodson, a 20-year-old Evanston man, was formally charged with first-degree murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in the death of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman on Sept. 22

Details Released in Prior Weapons Case of Evanston Murder Suspect

In a previous criminal case, a judge admonished Wesley Woodson, 20, who is charged with the shooting death of Dajae Coleman, 14. “You’ve got to cut it out,” she said.

Wesley Woodson, 20, was scheduled to appear in court Oct. 30 on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 14-year-old Evanston Township High School freshman Dajae Coleman.

ETHS Board Issues Statement On Dajae Coleman

"We must come together as an entire community to identify and implement strategies to protect our precious children from random violence," the District 202 Board of Education wrote in a statement.

ETHS Moves Homecoming Game From Friday to Saturday

Evanston Township High School officials say safety concerns prompted the game’s rescheduling from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon.

Nonviolence Meeting Brings Hundreds After Dajae Coleman's Death

Attendees at a meeting convened by Mayor Tisdahl suggested ways to prevent another tragedy, including mentoring, jobs for young adults, a teen center, more street lights and safer transportation options.

Parents and friends who knew Dajae Coleman, the 14-year-old Evanston boy who was shot and killed Sept. 22, gathered at the McGaw YMCA for a public conversation on the aftermath of his death.

Teen Creates Community Forum On Dajae Coleman's Death

An Evanston Township High School junior creates Stop the Violence in Evanston after hearing about 14-year-old Dajae's death. The group now has more than 4,000 members and has become a robust community forum.

A Fellow Mom Grieves For Dajae Coleman

Opinion columnist Christine Wolf writes about the impact 14-year-old Dajae Coleman's death has had on her and on the city as a whole. In the midst of tragedy, she says, one boy’s legacy of love unites a community.

Community Groups Host Conversation on Dajae’s Impact

Community members were invited to a public conversation Monday, Oct. 1, on the aftermath of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman’s death.

Community Mourns ‘Dae Dae’ At Funeral: ‘He Did All the Right Things’

Nearly 2,000 people gathered Saturday, Sept. 30, for the funeral of 14-year-old Evanston Township High School freshman Dajae Coleman, who was shot in what police say was a case of mistaken identity last week.

Members of the community were invited to walk to the lake on Saturday night in a show of solidarity against violence after the shooting death of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman.

Evanston Police say Wesley A. Woodson III, 20, of Evanston, fatally shot Dajae Coleman, 14, after he mistook Coleman for someone he knew.

Police Charge Suspect in Coleman Shooting

Evanston Police announced Friday morning that they had arrested and charged a suspect in the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Evanston Township High School student Dajae Coleman. 

Police: Update Expected Soon On Coleman Shooting

Evanston Police said Thursday that they would have more information on the killing of 14-year-old Evanston Township High School student Dajae Coleman within next 24 hours.

Evanston Mayor to Host Anti-Violence Meeting

City officials scheduled an anti-violence meeting for Tuesday, Oct. 2, in response to the shooting death of Dajae Coleman.

Funeral Services Set for Dajae Coleman

The funeral services for Dajae Coleman were set for Saturday in Evanston.

Candlelight Vigil Honors Dajae Coleman

A memorial to Dajae began growing at the site where he was shot Saturday, Sept. 22. the 14-year-old Evanston Township High School freshman was killed while walking with friends.

Fundraiser Thursday for Dajae Coleman's family
Event at Caffee Sunset was organized to help with funeral expenses for family. The 14 year old was shot and killed Saturday night in Evanston.

Dajae Coleman's Coach Says Boy Made Impact On His Life
The loss of the 14-year-old Evanston boy is 'impossible to understand,' coach says.

Famous Names Tweeting over Dajae Coleman's Death
Petitions are also circulating to get LeBron James to pay attention to the death of the Evanston boy who was shot and killed Saturday. James was reportedly Dajae Coleman's favorite player.


School establishes memorial fund to help offset funeral expenses for Coleman's family.

Evanston Community Turns to Social Media to Mourn Boy's Loss
Friends and even strangers touched by Dajae Coleman's death turn to Facebook, Twitter to remember the boy.


Evanston Township High School printed Dajae Coleman's 'belief statement' from his humanities class on its website as a tribute to the freshman who was shot and killed Saturday night.

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 said only that the victim was a freshman at Evanston Township High School.

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Dennis September 27, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Nothing new here! The only time people died when I was 14 was from boredom. Wonderful new world gangsta has brought us..

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