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Police Chief Offers Tips For Safe Teen Parties

Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington spoke to parents at the mayor's community meeting Tuesday night, offering advice for parents on how to host teen parties and when to involve the police.

Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington has some tips for parents when it comes to hosting safe parties after 14-year-old Dajae Coleman was fatally shot as he was leaving a large party two weeks ago.

Speaking at Tuesday night's community meeting, Eddington advised parents to always have two chaperones present at any party, and to call police when they dissolve.

Dajae reportedly attended a large party on McDaniel Avenue before the shooting on Saturday, Sept. 22. The party was broken up by a parent when two girls started fighting around 10 p.m., and roughly 150 teens began walking east on Church Street toward Evanston Township High School.

Police say Dajae was shot by 20-year-old Wesley Woodson, also an Evanston resident, who apparently mistook Dajae for someone he knew and had a grudge against. Woodson is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a weapon.

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