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1 held in death of ETHS student; mayor sets meeting on violence

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Evanston police this afternoon said they have a “person of interest” in custody in connection with the shooting deah of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman, a freshman at Evanston Township High School.

The person being held was not identified, but police said he was found with the assistance of the North Regional Major Crime Task Force.

Coleman was shot and killed at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of Church Street, less than a mile from his home in the 1900 block of Foster Street, while walking home from a party.

Police declined to release further information about the case and said the investigation is continuing.

Services for Coleman will be held on Saturday at the First Church of God Christian Life Center at 1524 Simpson St. The wake is scheduled for 10 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m.

In a related development, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has scheduled a community meeting seeking solutions to address violence in Evanston.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.

The mayor urges all residents, community partners, and youth-focused organizations to attend.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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