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Shooting of Justin Murray May Be Gang-Related, Police Say

Evanston police say there may be some gang involvement in death of 19-year-old Justin Murray, who was shot and killed on Brown Avenue Thursday night.

Evanston police say there are indications that gang members could be involved in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Justin Murray on Thursday night. 

“We do believe there’s indicators that it has ties to gang involvement, but there’s no indicators that the victim, specifically, is a gang member,” Evanston Police Cmdr. Jason Parrott told Patch. “That information’s based on the way the incident happened and the company of the suspects that the victim was with.” 

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Police found Murray lying in the grassy area between the curb and the sidewalk in front of . Witnesses saw and heard two offenders fire several shots from behind a fence two houses north of 1818 Brown Ave. Murray was shot twice around 6:15 p.m., according to Parrott, and was taken to Evanston NorthShore University HealthSystem, where he was pronounced dead. 

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Murray was with several other people when he was died, Parrott said, and police are still trying to determine whether he was the target or whether someone else he was with was the target of the shooter.

Approximately 55 minutes after Murray was shot, witnesses reported that someone fired shots at a parked car in the 2300 block of Greenwood Street, approximately one mile south of the block where Murray died. Parrott said no witnesses had come forward so far to tell police that they had been shot during the second incident.

“At this time, there’s nothing to tie the two incidents,” he said. 

As of Friday night, police continued to investigate the crime and had not taken anyone into custody as a suspect. Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the detective bureau at 847-866-5040 or to use the Text-A-Tip system by texting any tip information and the word “EPD TIP” to the number CRIMES (274637).

cityg187 December 01, 2012 at 07:25 PM
That was my friend he didn't deserve that..these young kids born in '97 grew up and dont care anymore
Dr. C December 01, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Gang involved? I wish the police would stop defining crime this way, since it minimizes the human element. This was someones son, brother, cousin, friend. The shooters who engaged in inhuman behavior are also someones son, brother, cousin and friend. Gangs are just groups of misquided, often abused human beings sometimes engaging in animal behaviors. There is research that shows that when crimes are catagorized as gang related, people tend to make stereotypical conclusions and be less sympathetic. There is now a body of research tha demonstrates that most homicides are a result of interpersonal conflict between people who know one another and have some type of beef. Lets stop dehumanizing and find a way to prevent and the answer is not to have more police on the community. RIP Justin Murray and I pray for his family. Those responsible will suffer multiples of pain, I pray that their souls will be redeemed.
Tamika Taylor December 02, 2012 at 04:19 AM
He was a very nice and funny guy. I can't believe it happened to him we graduated togather. There need to be a solution to violence because it can honestly can happenen to anyone. YOUR MOM, BROTHER, FRIEND, ...ANYBODY
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 05:05 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for reading.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Thanks for reading, Tamika. It is a horrible tragedy.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Dr. C, thanks for reading. You make an excellent point that every victim and every perpetrator is someone's son, brother, cousin and friend. You can read more about Justin and his life in this story, which quotes his mother, Carolyn: http://evanston.patch.com/articles/mother-grieves-son-s-death-hopes-to-get-guns-off-the-streets
Brian C December 03, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Some of his family members are involved in gangs, now was Justin NO, but the reference is made to prior activity with individuals(family members) at that very address Mr Murray could have been just stopping to speak with his cousins and grandmother over there ,when this tragedy transpired, it's terrible ,yet similar to incidents in Chicago were the unintended target is usual the victim....

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