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Evanston police responding to a call of shots fired found a 14-year-old Evanston resident shot and killed in the 1500 block of Church Steet.

Update 5:55 p.m.: Late this afternoon police said the victim was walking with friends when four shots were fired. One of them struck Dajae Coleman in the chest, fatally wounding him.

The incident happened about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force is assisting with the investigation.

Coleman lived in the 1900 block of Foster Street, less than a mile from where he died. 

Top: Dajae Coleman in an image posted to Instagram. Above: The 1500 block of Chuch Street this morning, near where an Evanston youth was killed Saturday night.

Coleman was listed as an honor roll student at Haven Middle School as a seventh and eigth grader, played basketball and was a freshman this fall at Evanston Township High School.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Evanston Police Department Detective Bureau at 847-866-5040.

Update: 12:27 p.m.: ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon announced this noon that student services staff would be available at the school Monday for any students seeking grief counseling.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Horrible news

    First, my prayers go out to this family. This is just the worst news anyone could get about a young child. Everyone in Evanston knows this area is a hot spot for this kind of violence. When is this going to stop?

    Can the EPD just patrol the area 24/7  Just drive around more. Be seen, be present, let people know that this is not to be tolerated. For heaven's sake, it is right next to ETHS. This problem has always existed, at least in my experience in Evanston, which is a 25+ experience. We have so many families trying to raise their children and I am sure they are afraid to let them out of the house to play.

    I don't know what led up to this, maybe it was being at the wrong place at the wrong time. All I do know is that the violence in this part of Evanston is simply scary.

    Somebody please do something to stop they combat zone from killing others. This is just too much to take.

    May this child of God RIP.

    1. Half of the battle

      Half of the battle against violence are the police arresting the bad guys, but what so many people have forgotten is that the other half of the battle is the community.  The police and the courts can only take things so far, the community needs to cooperate by testifying in court and speaking to police about what they saw.

      Too many people are afraid to come forward and give their names and/or testify against someone.  If the police don't get that cooperation, many times charges won't ever get filed.  This is the perfect example, if the police are able to bring someone in on this and there is no evidence, they better get a full confession otherwise the bad guy will get released.

      That's why so many people are repeat offenders, no one is willing to go to court against them.  This "stop snitching" garbage has to stop, what are we teaching our children?  The next time, it might be your child.

      Let's hope people come forward and cooperate with the investigation.  It's just too easy to blame the police because they "should've been out there 24/7".  We all know that's not possible.  Let's do our part and start snitching and show these criminals we are not afraid!

    2. I mean no disrespect

      I mean no disrespect at all, but …

      People need to stop depending on the police to solve or fix the problems.

      Someone had a gun, and that gun was used! 

      Patrolling streets doesn't stop someone from ending someone else's life.

      We need to put that energy into our kids (our young men).

      Then, they won't have the guns in the first place.

      #gottatakecareofhome

    3. Help from the police

      No disrespect to the child, or the family. Prayers and thoughts for them. 

      Asking EPD to help is all fine and good, but one week, they get lambasted for stopping a kid that matches the description of a burglar, and the next people are asking for them to be in the area 24/7.

      The facts of life, people, is you can't have it both ways. The police must not be afraid to do their jobs for fear of having to answer to trumped up charges of racial profiling and harassment. 

      The police can not be on every corner 24/7 unless we want to pay a lot more taxes to enlarge the police department to ten times the size it is now. It is up to people to call the police when they see suspicious people, etc. It is also up to us to let the police do their job. They are highly skilled men and women that we pay to protect us. If we second guess their every move, we tie their hands from doing the jobs they were hired and trained to do, 

      Let's hope they find the killer very quickly for the sake of the child and his family. 

  2. 14 yr. old Evanston boy shot

    So sad, prayers and sympathy to this child's family. This is another sign that Evanston is in trouble. Last month, South Evanston had shooters running thru the neighborhood! kids playing in the park, policeman chasing gunman thru the neighborhood. This is a community issue, families, parents, neighbors, churches, police and the city officials have to stand together against the senseless shooting. COE Pops are you still out there? pastors are you out there? police, school officials ? time to stand up to help stop the violence.

  3. Echoing the previous comment

    I am sick for the family of this child. Please, EPD. Take care of our town and our school areas. I understand we cannot change society's ills, but as the previous comment said, this is a hot spot for violence and it's not improving. Either do something about this, or move ETHS. Big feats, sure. But we all pay big taxes. Not too much to ask.

    1. Be for real!

      How about more accountability to those who perpetuated this crime and the actual shooter? Why isn't the issue of black on black crime on Evanston's west side being addressed, especially during another instance of a murder of another young black male? This isn't the first homicide thats taken place on the west side…Homicides have occurred there for nearly three decades (30 years)…None have been the result of lack of Police presence nor attempts to rid of the poison thats devastated the west side for years…

      Thank your beat cop next time you see him/her bc despite you not liking the Police, that means nothing to him/her (Officers); When they (Police) get a call at your home at 3:00am bc you have 3 cracked out madmen with guns, I'm sure you would be liking them then and they would still come to your aid….

  4. Dajae Coleman, Wonderful young man, Student will be missed

    I am extremely sadden about this news. Dajae, a student of mine, has been a wonderful addition to our class.

    Though it is early in the year, he has shown himself to be a hard worker, commited to his education and very supportive of his peers.

    In his "beginning of the year" letter to me he wrote of how he was worried about biology being difficult and not meeting his high goals for himself. Dajae also commented on how he was "looking forward to doing the labs, I think they will be fun".

    Dajae has a great sense of humor and I enjoyed making him smile. I was looking forward to challenging him in science and seeing him excel.

    This should never happen to such a promissing young man who would have been a positve addition to our community, our future.

    My heart goes out to Dajae's parents, family and friends. You are in my prayers and know that Dajae will be missed by his ETHS family.

    My deepest regrets.

    Ellen Fierer

  5. Sad

    Yes EPD can only do so much. And yes, it's up to families to provide a nurturing environment.but it's also a community effort. We all need to ban together and stop this violence. It's too easy to get a gun. Human life should be valued. 

  6. So sick of people turning away and ignoring what’s going on

    People need to realize if you think something is going on that looks fishy or that people shouldn't be there, call the police and report it. This is their job, to investigate and protect the community.

    I call the police all the time! You are not snitching and not annoying anyone. This boy was clearly was a good boy, personally knowing him and from a good family,  good student involded in sports and  doing everything teenagers are doing. I am so saddened by the news, this should have not happened.

    If he was walking from a party, at still decent teenage appropriate Saturday night hang out time, he must have been with other friends. Where are the details? Did they walk into something illegal taking place, or were they ambushed?

    1. I agree with “so sick”

      I agree with "so sick…"

      The people better start pointing fingers at who is doing the shooting! This is not the westside or the southside of Chicago.

      The "you gone be snitch" mentality doesn't match here in Evanston. People coming from those Chicago neighborhood will just have to realize that we pay taxes, we value our family, we work, and we own-(not section 8) aka: we care about our neighborhood, like normal humans.

      1. Wake up and be 4 real!

        Statistics show most of the homicides that occur in Evanston are committed by other Evanston residents…By the way, there was a 13 year old boy that fell dead as a result of being shot, again, on Evanstons WEST side around 2000…Two adult felons hid in a lot across the street from where the 13 year old and some older teens (gang members) were in a group and the shooters across the street didn't care and just fired a rifle round in the crowd on a relatively dark block on the west side back across the street. The 13 year old was shot and killed. Another innocent bystander…What, if anything, has been done by the community themselves to assist the police in curtailing the black on black crime in that neighborhood??

        Back in the late 90's two other black teens were killed on the same west side. One in a park (15 year old victim) near where this most recent gunshot victim was shot and one block west to the intersection of church and dodge avenues….a 17-18 year old was shot and executed right in front of the little candy store on the corner..He was shot thru the ear…Thats an execution…I could continue with more cases, but the emphasis is on the reality of Evanstons west side and the high level of crime including Murder that is not unique to that area…

        Utilize your Alderman, City Hall and equally important, communicate with your neighbors and be a presence and call the Police when something isn't right….

        1. Source of the problem

          We don't have to look far to see where the problem criminals are—many are in or were in our schools.

          The police should be able to start with cleaning up the problems before they result in murder—i.e. enforce the laws for lesser crimes before the person committs larger crimes–that is how NY made major changes.

          Of course the courts have to apply the law instead of giving a slap on the hand, liberals must stop defending these criminals as victums of society and parents must know where/what their children are doing and apply 'tough love' when needed and they and neighbors stop with the "he was the most decent god fearing, talented athlete and top student that could not have possibly have committed this crime."

      2. Has nothing to do with owning a home

        This tragedy has nothing to do with whether you own a home or are on Section 8.People are so quick to judge another human being based on skin color or income status.The fact of the matter is-troubled kids can come from any type of home.

        They come from poorer neighborhoods just like they come from the suburbs. The violence will continue as long as no one stands up to these bullies/cowards and parents continue to try to be friends with their children.

        Raise them right and teach them respect from an early age and you won't have to worry about what they do or if they are hanging out with the wrong crowd. Children who are given rules to follow and have those rules enforced by dedicated parents may unfortunately still be the victims of crimes, but instances of them committing them will be few and far between.

        Also,for anyone talking about people being snitches, you will have a much different view of the situation when it hits closer to your home. Think about how you would feel if your family member was injured or killed and no one stepped forward to do the right thing.

        We all live on this planet together-as soon as we learn to have more respect for life all this foolishness will stop.

  7. It’s petty

    It's petty. I only met him once and he was cool and funny and had the craziest laugh. It's a shame that people don't think twice before killing innocent people R.I.P Dajae you are forever missed. I pray for you and your family .

  8. Heartsick!

    Heartsick and outraged that we have lost another Evanston child to gun violence! Why is it always the honor students, athletes? Because random gun violence effects and can impact us all. Friends near Mason Park heard the repeated shots of a semi-automatic firing last night. Was it the last sound this baby heard as he walked near a park?

    Mason Park is blocks from ETHS…don't move the high school, as one letter suggested, move guns out of the hands of these killers. Work to shut down the gangs and drug trafficking that is keeping them on our streets.

    Some members of a local synagogue met recently with representatives of Father Pflager from St. Sabina's Church and the Evanston Chief of Police. The message was the same from a grieving mother and the gentleman who coordinates the police here. Work to get guns off the streets, reach out to kids and offer alternative activities to gangs, Most importantly, support the ban on sale of automatic weapons.

    Be vocal and be visible. If you know something about who was firing that gun that killed this baby talk and talk now. There is a way for citizens and kids in our community to be able to TEXT information to  the police without anyone knowing.  TEXT A TIP:  274637  and EPDTip  to make sure it gets to the right place.

  9. Blame the community?

    To "I mean no disrespect":

    You do…Lots of stereotyped assumptions.

    Such a tragedy! Where are the police? It is a horror to believe that law enforcement in our city cannot patrol this area and other areas. How dare someone blame it on the neighbors. Or on raising "our young men".

    You have no info on this crime. Your assumptions say something else. And to the 'snitcher' comment, some of us do speak out. Patrol, patrol, patrol….!

    This poor child, the family, a freshman, and all things beginning, taken. It is inexcusable that there is not more police monitoring. I do blame authorities. As a resident of this city for years–paying taxes in excess– what neighborhoods do we watch? Don't blame your community, we all work hard to send our children to good schools. We pay a high price to live here. How dare we take a street and say it is up to the parents to watch out for violence. My teens knew that there were places sometimes dangerous, but they had friends to see and visit, as young people should. I work for this community, my family and for myself. There are fine families in this neighborhood and every other. Keep them safe.

    My own son worked in a Saturday activity at the high school. He loved his school. One day at 12:00pm in the afternoon, he and his friends were mugged on their way to lunch, going off campus. Luckily they survived this, surrendered their cash. The kids that did the crime were serious repeat offenders on a spree from Chicago. Where were the police and school security at 12 in the afternoon? No one knew. The police certainly take plenty of time to give tickets to parents in the morning on a weekday. Call 311 in the afternoon and sometimes disconnected. 10,000$ in taxes last year. Sad indeed. I recall phoning when it got loud on the corner of my block and felt the fool, waiting for someone to show up and it was probably innocent, bunch of loud kids.

    While no one except the murderer can truly be blamed, it is unspeakable to request community law enforcement from families and I don't even know this block. What are they to do–hang their heads out of the window 24/7? My heart goes out to the family and friends of this victim.

    1. Blame the community

      Do you really expect a Police Officer to man every corner in Evanston at the same time? That's laughable! If thats the case, then the city needs to hire another 200 Officers and who in Evanston wants to pay those salaries & raising taxes? The current force fights tooth and nail every year for a measely 3% raise? To blame the Police for not being there during the commisssion of a crime is shallow and ignorant with respect too how police are deployed daily. Problematic neighborhoods are addressed by the local beat cop and also, specilaized units…I assure you though that there have been multiple incidents of officers catching a perp in progress. Those tremendous accomplishments are rarely known by the general public~

      'On the real'

    2. Blaming the police

      If you live on the west side of Evanston, then you should pray for the Police Officers bc your area is the highest and heaviest patrolled area in the entire city of 80,000 less the NU students….On many of the arrests for murder, suspects were given up by fellow residents of the neighborhood. Become one of them instead of venting on the Police for something they had no control over…If you live in that neighborhood, that's on you….It's always had a high crime rate for over three decades (30 years+) Set up a neighborhood watch and see if there is something you can do to be part of the solution and not the problem…. 

  10. Police and community work together

    Years back we had a crime incident on our block and we invited an Evanston police officer to speak to us at a neighborhood meeting held in one of our living rooms. The officer encouraged us to call in anything suspicious–don't hesitate, just call. The police can't have a car on every block 24/7. This officer told us the police want to be where they're most needed, and calling 911 is exactly how we make that happen.

    Beyond that, we as a society have way too many guns. We don't yet know the story here, but this young man is dead because someone got their hands on a gun and used it. It could have been an unregistered or illegal weapon, but it may just as easily have been a gun that was acquired legally, and got into the wrong hands. I ask my fellow Evanston citizens to please think twice before buying a gun or keeping one in the house. The potential for tragedy far outweighs any potential safety that gun may provide.

    1. Guns and behavior

      People who don't like guns seem to prefer blaming the weapon itself rather than asking more fundamental questions about what went wrong in someone's life that they would kill another person in the first place.  The answers to those questions more often than not are the breakdown of the family, the lack of a loving parent or parents, the lack of supervision, the lack values or a religion, a society that places less and less emphasis on personal responsibility.  Answer those questions, then get on your soapbox about "thinking twice" before exercising your right to own a firearm. 

       

      1. Guns and behavior

        D was killed because someone had a gun and used it. There is chance, just a chance, that if guns were harder to get, D would not have been shot. Are you implying that this child died because the shooter's parents' failed their responsibilities, they did not go to church and the rest of "society" does not emphasize responsibility? Or because D's parents did not take good care of him? Explain how all that worked to D's family.  

        We cannot  (neither should we) legislate or control  people's parental issues or their faith but we can certainly make it harder for people to get and carry guns, and thus, maybe, prevent some of these senseless deaths. Now..of course, to some, the freedom of carrying a gun is more important that the chance, slight as it might be, of preventing another senseless death. So much for individual reponsibility.

      2. Soapbox

        This community is shocked and grieving over the tragic loss of a child, and you use it as your own soapbox for gun rights?  The writer was asking people to use caution and thought, as every reasonable person would, she wasn't trying to take your gun away so take a chill pill.

      3. As requested, an answer

        Given the choice between:

        1) a troubled kid with a firearm, and

        2) a troubled kid without a firearm

        I will choose #2 every single time.

        You don't see what comes next, do you? The Dajae Coleman tragedy will be a double tragedy. The police will eventually find the shooter, and his life will also be ruined, because he had access to a gun.

         

      4. Followup

        I made an inquiry to the Evanston Police Department about how to turn in a gun, and here are their instructions "Bring the handgun to the police station in a case. Tell the Desk Officer what you want to do BEFORE opening the case. Thank you."

        Evanston Police Headquarters are at 1454 Elmwood Avenue (corner of Elmwood and Lake).

        I understand that it is our second amendment right to bear arms. Although we do not have guns at our house, I grew up in a household where firearms were kept, and had a parent who hunted. It’s legal to own a gun, and no one should ever take your legal gun away from you.

        Still, I ask you to consider that your gun could someday get into the wrong hands, get used at the wrong moment or get used in error. Consider that the weapon you own might have a greater chance of doing harm than of keeping you, your family and your community safe.

        Life is tough, people can be crazy, and the world is a dangerous place no matter what we do. But guns have a way of taking ordinary crazy situations and turning them into events that ruin — and end — lives.

      5. Responsibility

        No doubt the person using the weapon bears the responsibility, but easy access to guns is a plague on our society.  Just this morning we have another incident– A man chasing another man with a gun next to the ETHS tennis courts.  All while ETHS athletes are training in the immediate area.  This is totally unacceptable.

        For too many people the easy availability of guns allows them to behave in ways that they would not otherwise.  Yes, ultimately it is the individual who is responsible, but the gun is abetting the crime.

  11. Condolences to the family

    First and foremost, my condolences to the Coleman family and all that knew this child.  My heart bleeds for his  family and friends.  This should NOT happen.  These children, our children, your children, my children should not be used to losing friends to violence.  There is an answer and it rests with all of us.  We must look out for one another.  We must take control of our streets or they will be taken from our families, our children our community.  Know your neighbors, begin Neighborhood Watches, call the police if you see something out of the norm.

    Yes, racial profiling does exist — this issue must be addressed too, but the answer rests with each of us within the Community.  Speak up, speak out, be heard.  Unfortunately we can not bring this child back, but hopefully by uniting we can prevent another child from becoming a victim of violence.  

    1. Condolence comment

      Why would you even bring up racial profiling while writing your condolences to this boys family? How about commending the Evanston Police Department for their ongoing efforts to bring this case to fruition rather than injecting some passive aggressive statement that had nothing to do with this case~…How about you focusing more on who killed this child and why he/they murdered him + then, hold them accountable~Lets stick with the issue at hand and not play the 'profiling card'…Just being for real….

  12. Evanston was once a nice

    Evanston was once a nice place to raise a family.  Now its a shame what ETOWN is today.

    1. Broken record Chicken Little

      As the moronic storybook character Chicken Little falsely shouts to the other birds, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!"

      I moved to Evanston in 1975 and I have been hearing that lame line "Evanston was once a nice place to raise a family" all the time I've live here.  

      Evanston is still a great place to live, even if that includes being exposed to unpleasant and terrible events like this one. That's why so many colleges  are eager to accept the very academically and socially well-rounded kids of all races who grow up here. 

      Hey Barney Fife…if you really feel that way, why do you still live in Etown? Or do you even live here? 

       

  13. To the family of Dajae

    I first and foremost want to send my condolences to Riachard and Tiffany and the Family of Dajae. It is a very sad time for our community because of this horrible incident.

    This should never bear any parents heart, to lose a child so young. I want to believe in the community to help slow down and eventually stop the violence in this community, as it will not stop overnight.

    Parents please be mindful of your children during this time because there is more to this story that will come to light with everyones help. Although the time is too soon he is resting in a better place watching over his loved ones. Please help the family through this tough time in anyway possible. He will be missed!

  14. How Could This Happen?

    My condolences to the family of Dajae. It is just not right to have the life of such a fine, young boy to be taken away so early. He was only 14 and had so much ahead for him! I pray that his death be not in vain.

  15. We lost another lil brotha too soon…

    I grew up in Evanston and I must say I truly hate to see what has become of my city.

    Evanston was the home of people of all races and religions who came together to build a strong, moral community to raise their children in safely.

    Now that safety is gone replaced by misled and misguided youth who don't grasp the benefits they enjoy just by being in Evanston. I see so many giving condolences and saying what a shame, but how many of us are the same ones who have put so little into our children or have been such poor examples that we might as well have fired the gun that took this young brothas life.

    I have no more stomach for speeches and excuses. We all know who the real trouble-making families are in Evanston and what kids are the ones who commit these crimes. Quit acting like we don't.

    That whole  " stop snitching " campaign is just such a foul tragedy it makes me sick. Too much of our youths influences are coming from grown idiots, thugs and gangsta rap.

    We need to be in our kids ear, mind and most importantly their so-called business. Each handle yours and we won't have these senseless deaths. Some of these people have to go so black people can live.

    1. Have faith in your hometown!

      Evanston suffered an enormous loss on Saturday night, but I wish that you could see the town's reaction.

      I am a senior at ETHS. I witnessed firsthand the sea of red today; I would estimate that around 70% of the school population was decked out in scarlet. 

      The death of Dajae stems not from the "misled and misguided youth who don't grasp the benefits they enjoy just by being in Evanston." Not at ALL. It stems from a culture that has been prevalent among some citizens of Evanston for decades. My father also went to ETHS, and he can attest that the violent ideals of some members of the community have not just popped up out of nowhere for my generation to enjoy.

      The real key is to change that culture. That's an immense task, I know, but we can all start by simply being kind to one another and treating one another with respect. 

      Dajae brought light to this world; he alone brought comfort and solace to a boy who was being bullied in his 8th grade gym class. He shone not only with his peers, but on the basketball court and with his family as well. 

      Take this opportunity to learn from Dajae, rather than bashing the town that he loved so much.

  16. Can’t wait for the Mayor’s comments

    There are two views of events here the Mayor's, council and the special interests, versus what the police are really doing.

    I can't remember a year here when some black youth wasn't not shot and Kill, might be one or two, but not many.

    I remain going to a meeting with Father Flager at ETHS with all the so called notable public officials, his comments were to run the criminal element out of town. This did not settle well with the group. That very morning no more than a few hours earlier a kid was shot, and not one of our so called leaders mentioned it, they were walking around quietly talking to each others.Morton was the Mayor at the time and Tishdal was a council member.

    Ofcourse what have the police been doing, a year ago the Mayor gives two police officiers an award for cleaning up a block on Jackson street were there were close to 1,000 police calls in one year.  No comment by are Mayor and why we have such a problem.

    Ofcourse the problem is well know by the police, there are several hundred individuals here doing most of the crime and they mostly live in the areas of town with all the shootings. Many of them are in and out of prison, it was stated recently at least one or two ex-cons month comes back to Evanston, after being released from prision.

    The police know the problem, our leaders like are current Mayor have no clue how to deal with it, no more than they can handle the budget.  I serious doubt any thing is going to change.

    1. Re mayor’s comments

      Ponz: If the mayor's comments sound anything like your drunken-sounding spiel, then Evanstonians do have cause for alarm.

      Some choice outtakes from your only semi-coherent diatribe:

      "I can't remember a year here when some black youth wasn't not shot and Kill…"

      "I remain going to a meeting with Father Flager  (it's spelled "Pfleger") at ETHS with all the so called notable public officials…"

      Mayor "Tishdal"? (It's spelled "Tisdahl.")

      If you're not going to proofread what you write, then please stick to the lame cartoon commentary of "Ponzi & Friends"…at least its messiness is a lot less noticeable.

      1. Have you ever been to a council meeting?

        The Mayor wants a meeting on crime, what a suprise! 

        You  need to attend the Mayor's meeting, you will get a clear picture of why the Mayor is clueless on the crime problem.  ( along with the city budget )

          Unless ofcourse you are one of her  few friends or someone who gets City of Evanston patronage.

        Please submit one of your cartoons to Evanston now, no doubt it will lack any value, like your comments.

      2. This isn’t a spelling contest.

        Anonymous: Ponzi (not Ponz) has some valid concerns. Sniping at spelling/grammer is just childish and divisive. I think we all got the point and should count it as a valid view of the situation. 

        J

        1. Thanks JJ

          Thanks for the comment – but those that attack the cartoons for their artistic value or comment on my spelling, clearly have no real view on the issues Evanston faces.

          Some might recall the Mayor, back in May or June of 2011 held a "Summer Summit" on crime – which I posted a cartoon on " Summer Summittry" on May 27,  2011. History is again repeating itself, another meeting.

          The Mayor was running around handing out Pens as I recall, and again wanting to have a meeting with all her friends to discuss crime.

          Frankly when will she deal with the real issues?  Such as those who are committing the crimes in this town.

           

           

  17. Proactive

    The thought of Dajae's life being taken is disheartening. My thoughts right now [I have gone through many] are of those kids who carry/have access to guns. They need a swift whooping and a huge hug!  I blame their parents who clearly did not work positively to guide them through their formative years.We need more parenting education, available the moment they give birth to their babes. Those poor kids are lost, no hope, no faith. How do we reach them?

  18. Good parents with scared kids

    Good parents are concerned!  Just like Dajae's parents, we keep our kids involved in positve activities, yet they still succum to violence.

    We teach them to hang out with those kids that have the same goals and want the same things out of life as they do.  Dajae was one of those kids…he did everything right!

    While the Mayor is going door to door telling the residents in the neighborhood where the shooting took place that their neighborhood is safe, my son is asking me who will protect the "good kids?"  Mayor, if you have an answer for him, please let me know. 

  19. Proud to be an ETHS Student today

    I'm an Evanston Township High School senior and am proud to say that I am an Evanstonian today. Our hallways were covered in red today in memory of Dajae Coleman. We have all come together to demand change. And are leaning on each other during this hard time for our community. I am thankful for our EPD that have always made me feel safe. The issue is in our gun laws and violence education, not in a lack of police presence. No matter what neighborhood in Evanston we're from, this event has woken us up to the much needed outreach on violence prevention, and has inspired us to demand change from our parents, teachers and adults in our community.  

    We stand together and are raising our voices against violence in our community.

    If you have the chance, take a look and join our facebook page, Stop The Violence In Evanston.

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/356648824421557/

    We've used it as a forum both to mourn, and share ideas about how we can make a difference.

    We will not give up on making Evanston everything we know it can be.

       

  20. True Evanstonian

    Condolences to the family, sending my love an prayers.

       My mother was born and raised in Evanston, I was born and raised in Evanston and love the community as a whole. With that being said I obtained a great education that far exceeds the education of other small cities but as for the violence and,it has always been a problem. Which is why I chose to leave and raise my children elsewhere.

       I remember as a child attending school a few of my friends were murdered in the streets of "Mayberry, USA" This is not the beginning but I sure hope its the end. Marchelle, Micah, Michael, Carl I could go on but I would be here ALL DAY. One person or family can't make it end, just like one murder will not bring anymore attention to the problem than the next. Stop Argueing about what the problem is, and come together to find a solution.

     

    A former Evanstonian~

     

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