No Suspects Yet In Tuesday’s Shooting Death

Evanston police say it’s too early to identify any suspects in the death of Cardereon Preister, 21, who was shot outside his home in the 1700 block of Leland Avenue.

Cardereon Preister as a freshman, pictured in the Evanston Township High School yearbook from 2007.
Cardereon Preister as a freshman, pictured in the Evanston Township High School yearbook from 2007.

It’s too early to identify suspects in the shooting death of Cardereon Preister, 21, who was killed near the high school on Tuesday night, according to Evanston Police Cmdr. Jason Parrott.

Preister was shot once in the back and died outside his home in the 1700 block of Leland Avenue around 11 p.m. that night, according to police. Parrott said police believe he was the shooter’s intended target. 

Asked whether the shooting could be connected to other, previous shootings in Evanston, Parrott said police don’t yet have an answer.

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“It’s too early to determine if this particular murder is gang-related, or if there’s some other circumstances involved,” he said.

He also said Preister was not a suspect in other unsolved murders in Evanston. 

On Wednesday, police said they were interviewing possible witnesses and reviewing surveillance video from the area. Anyone who believes they may have information is asked to call police at 847-866-5000 or to send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with "EPD TIP" in the subject line.

Preister worked for Bryn Mawr Country Club over the summer, and was hoping to obtain his GED after he dropped out of Evanston Township High School, according to Kevin Brown, program manager with the city’s Youth & Young Adult Program Division. A cousin told NBC Chicago that he had a newborn baby girl and a second child on the way. 

He and another Evanston man were arrested and charged with residential burglary after they allegedly broke into a north side Evanston home in March 2012, according to police

Multiple people standing outside Preister’s home in the 1700 block of Leland Avenue declined to comment Wednesday morning, including a woman who identified herself as his mother.

Anne Hoffman, who taught Preister art while he attended Lincolnwood Elementary School, remembered him as an eager student who was well-liked by other kids.

“He had a bright smile that would light up the room. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true,” she said. “It’s hard to believe that a little kid that I taught is now 21 and shot dead—regardless of whatever kind of life he had.”

Jordan S. Zoot September 14, 2013 at 12:12 PM
The article fails to mention that he was a violent predicate felon with at least three felony convictions....that couldn't possibly be a factor in his death now could it?
Festus McMoron September 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM
i think i read his #1 lady was related to "snake" ross the gangbanger killed last spring. maybe be a connection there. retaliation maybe?
Jordan S. Zoot September 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Nothing would make me happier than to see the law changed so that when they catch the thugs that killed him we have a public hanging in the center of Fountain Square.
shirley September 15, 2013 at 02:57 PM
My home has been burglarized and my brother was the victim of a vicious mugging which left one eye permanently damaged. In my mind, he had every right to do whatever was necessary to defend himself from bodily harm or death. However, as angry and violated as I felt after my personal space was invaded and my personal possessions stolen, I would not have taken a life or hoped the police take someone’s a life because of my loss. I have never owned anything that I value more than I value human life, period. Did I want the perpetrator(s) caught and punished; absolutely. Did I want my personal belonging recovered; absolutely. Did I consider the burglar(s) as much of a threat to me as the thugs that attacked my brother were to him; absolutely NOT. Public records show Caldereon Preister served 9 months in an Illinois state prison for crimes he committed on or around May 23, 2010 when he was 19 years-old. He was charged and convicted of three crimes. The information I have been able to obtain regarding those convictions is he was caught, by the homeowner, burglarizing a home. He did not attempt to injure or even threaten the homeowner with bodily harm when caught. Rather he ran and was later apprehended by police. When apprehended he was in possession of marijuana, an amount that justified charging him with not only possession but delivery of cannabis. I do not know how the law defines a violent forcible felon, but I know how the dictionary defines a thug, “a strong and violent person (especially a man) who threatens and hurts other people” and a gangster, “a member of a gang of criminals”. Solely based on this public information would you label Caldereon Preister a thug or a gangster? Would you even imply he was gang affiliated or had gang ties? This is the public record of his criminal history found on the Illinois Department of Corrections website with a disclaimer that reads in part, “The best effort has been made to ensure that information published is true and complete, however the information can quickly change. Accordingly, before making any assumption that said information is factual and complete; please send written correspondence to the Illinois Department of Corrections- Public Information Office, 1301 Concordia Court, P.O. Box 19277, Springfield, IL 62794-9277.” This is likely the place where people are getting their information and some of those people are using it to define who this young man was and worst that he somehow is responsible for his death. Yes I know he apparently was on probation and charged with violating that probation. However, we don’t know if he is guilty as charged and even if he is, we don’t know the circumstances of the violation. Did he commit another crime? Did he violate a curfew, not perform mandated community service or did he miss appointments with his probation office? The point is we don’t know and even though we don’t know some people would still label him a low life and be glad he’s gone and question why we would use public funds or private donations to rehabilitate him or help him to become a better citizen. Some people have put him in the same category as murderers, rapists and pedophiles stating they are happy he's gone. Others comment, "If you live by the gun you should die by the gun" as though they know how Caldereon Preister lived?
shirley September 15, 2013 at 02:57 PM
continued from previous post: I recently read a story about the popular and highly successful actor, Mark Wahberg. Here is a young man who came from a relatively privileged upbringing who was a thug in the true sense of the word. At the young age of 15 he harassed a group of students on a field trip by throwing rocks and shouting racial epithets. By 16 he was charged with attempted murder. The murder charge was later reduced to assault however the victim is permanently blind in one eye as a result of the unprovoked attack. He went to prison but later at 21 Wahlberg fractured the jaw of a neighbor in another unprovoked attack. Today Mark Wahlberg is actively involved in a charity he established in May 2001 to raise funds for youth services and enrichment programs as well as an organization that helps homeless women and children. The crimes Mark committed are unconscionable and far worst than any crime Caldereon Preister committed, however he did not die as a result as a result of his crimes and he was able to turn his life around. Not all felons are successful at abandoning a life of crime, however some have been rehabilitated and gone on to lead productive lives. Caldereon Preister deserved a chance to turn his young life around.
Jordan S. Zoot September 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Shirley....you dont' gain anything by reprinting the same reply in two places.
JB September 15, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Jordan...as if you don't repeat yourself! Ha!
Jordan S. Zoot September 16, 2013 at 07:53 AM
JB I don't repost the same posts to multiple articles.
Festus McMoron September 20, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Looks like they found our killer. another nice evanston youth. also, looks like priester wasn't the little alterboy everyone portrayed him as: "The slaying is thought to be in retaliation for a botched exchange of drugs and money for a gun Preister had, police said".
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) September 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Here's a link to the story: http://evanston.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/evanston-man-18-charged-with-murder-of-cardereon-preister


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