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Shooting on Howard Could Be Retaliation, Police Say

A 20-year-old Evanston man was shot several times early Saturday morning, in what may have been a retaliation for the homicide of Justin Murray last week, according to police.

A 20-year-old Evanston man was shot multiple times and critically injured early Saturday, in what may be a retaliation for a homicide last week, according to police. 

The man was shot as he got out of a car in the 1900 block of Howard Street around 1:50 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and “appears to have been specifically targeted by two offenders,” police said in a press release.

The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition, police said.  

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Police believe the shooting may have been revenge for the death of Justin Murray, 19, who was shot and killed in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue Thursday, Nov. 29. Murray's funeral was held Saturday morning at Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Evanston.

Speaking at his funeral, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl described the situation as “a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions,” and called for an end to violence.

“Let us have peace on the streets of the city of Evanston,” she exhorted a crowd of several hundred who gathered Saturday morning at Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church.  “The city cannot stop the violence, not alone. We cannot do it without the community.”

Editor's Note: this story has been updated to include quotes from the mayor.

Becky Reizner December 08, 2012 at 08:26 PM
This is all so sad and senseless!!!!
Tea December 08, 2012 at 10:07 PM
GET THE FREAKING GUNS OFF THE STREETS!!! THIS IS CRAZINESS!!! TOO MANY INNOCENTS ARE DYING!!
J C December 09, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Liberal utopia at it's finest, Wonder what the thug huggers will come up with next? Bling for bullet trade in program?
Samuel Amato December 09, 2012 at 05:32 PM
It's not about the guns. It's about lack of parenting, bad schools, unemployment and horrible family values. The gun debate is getting old. Get real.
Festus McMoron December 09, 2012 at 11:36 PM
sam you have it right. no family values, parenting and positive role models. in black society, the girl get knocked up, grandma raises the kid 'cause daughter is still out running around, no dad, no discipline. then these kids hit kindergarten and don't know alphabet, numbers. they are now 2-3 years behind. so they hit high scholl at about 6th grade level and of course they are going to drop out. whereas, kids with traditional home life, a mom and dad, are almost ready to read in kindergarten. they're 2-3 years ahead academically. if these people would start preparing their kids at a young age, they'd be ready for school. now everyone call me a racist because i speak the truth. sad.
annie December 10, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Its sad that the thugs have decided to pursue their own justice, wrong and wrong.
HonoraryCommunityMember December 10, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Festus McMoron: Your comment is your truth, your point of view, but keep in mind that it isn't everyone's point of view and not necessarily the real truth. Carolyn Murray, the mother of Justin Murray who was murdered last week, is very active in the community and is heading up the gun buy back program to take place this coming Saturday. She is also in the military. If you don't call that a positive role model, I don't know what is. There's a clip called "The Danger of a Single Story". Perhaps watching it will help you gain some perspective on what "truth" is and how it can be dangerous--or perpetuate stereotypes like you are in your comment. There are lots of additional comments I would like to write, but I don't have enough time and it would take more than a comment on a website to move you out of your racist mindset. I can only hope that someday you do change it for the better. I agree with cityg187 and annie in that the shootings in the past few months show lack of respect for human life and that those involved have taken justice into their own hands. It seems so hopeless to think that the violence will stop and it's scary for the community as a whole. I hope that whomever is involved in all of this can come to some sort of resolution before more lives--especially young ones--are taken.
Festus McMoron December 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM
honorary, i am not a racist. just because i stated my points about bad parenting and unstable home life, you run and label me a racist. that's the problem, i guess it's easier to call someone a name then to try to address an issue to make something better. talk to ANY kindergarten teacher and 80-85% of these little black children are hitting school age and don't know what an a,b,c is or a 1,2,3. i've seen kids from stable homes that are reading in kindergarten. if 80-85% of parents aren't looking out for their kids when they are 1-5, they sure as hell ain't going to be looking out for them when they are 18.
lucas December 10, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Is everyone the disagrees with you a racist?
Noreen Edwards Metz December 10, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Perhaps we need to start looking at the police chief and ask what he's doing about this. We need a comprehensive plan to get a handle on these families where violence is rampant.
Dan C December 10, 2012 at 06:03 PM
A police chief is responsible for intervening in broken families? Give me a break.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 06:14 PM
For those who are talking about family structure, you might be interested in the story we just published, with the results of the American Community Survey for 2006-11, conducted by the U.S. Census. According to that data, 6.1 percent of Evanston families are comprised of single parents with a child under 18 (mostly mothers.) That compares to 9.1 percent statewide. You can see all the data here: http://evanston.patch.com/articles/census-evanston-2010-american-community-survey-data
Tiffany December 10, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Festus, please explain to me how your worldview fits into the following: I am a single, black mother who raised a model, respectable and respectful young child (Dajae Coleman). There is not one bad thing that ANYONE can say about him. However, he was murdered by the hands of Woodson (another black man), who came from a two-parent household. Again I ask of you (since you seem to have the answers), please explain to me how your point of view rationalizes the above. Let me explain something to you, you are being called a racist for one, because of your tone, and secondly because you clearly separated blacks from everyone else. You ousted "black society" (as you called it) and excluded them from being grouped with those of "traditional homes" (as you called it). Do you understand how/where you went wrong? If not, you may need to go back and read what you wrote.
elizabeth December 10, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Another sad story on Evanston Patch - when will this end?!?
Festus McMoron December 12, 2012 at 01:36 AM
jennifer, let's break that 6.1% down into white, black, hispanic, asian & other. i'd be interested to see the breakout. can it be done?
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Festus, the census doesn't break it down that far.
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Tiffany, thanks for your sharing your own experience. Your family is in our thoughts.
somethingforthought December 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I and many other single black parents do not fall into what you consider "black society". Yes I had a baby at 18 but I also have a highschool diploma, not a GED and a 4 year college degree from a University not a community college. I am also the product of a single parent home where my mother raised 3 respectable children by herself. My daughter now 13 is an honor roll student in junior high who will be going to high school next year and has been recommended to take AP classes her freshman year. So when you judge a group of people of the same race please be very careful in how you do so. Killers, thugs and drug dealers come in all different colors and from all different societies including the rich ones.
Festus McMoron December 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
....that's the problem, from what you pointed out, i'd say your daughter will follow in her mom and grandmother's footsteps and be a single mom. 72% of black kids are raised in a single parent household. a high percentage of them turn ino gangbangers and thugs. and most of those mothers are teens. Because unmarried teenage mothers typically have no steady employment, nearly 80 percent of them apply for welfare benefits within five years after giving birth to their first child. No group can withstand such a wholesale collapse of its family structure without experiencing devastating social consequences.
wishunew December 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM
hey Festus what about the mass shootings in recent years including the latest....who are the shooters???????????? All white boys with mommy and daddy issues that come from decent homes in the burbs with rich white families that dont lock their guns down!!!! go ahead and spit your statistics....that don't mean squat anymore.
Festus McMoron December 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM
...great comparison: mental illness v. gang violence. yeah, i wish you did know. it might mean squat.

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