Evanston Township High School Assistant Superintendent Oscar Hawthorne issued a statement today regarding the murder Saturday night of ETHS freshman Dajae Coleman a few blocks from the school.

September 24, 2012

Dear ETHS community –

Today we are grieving the loss of a student, a friend, and member of the ETHS family, Dajae Coleman. Based on everything I have learned about this incredible young man, “Dae Dae,” as he was called by friends, was the kind of person who knew what he wanted out of life and understood that the path to success involves plenty of hard work and dedication in the classroom and beyond. He was active in F.A.A.M. and the Evanston Pride Feeder Basketball program, and was on his way to becoming a member of the ETHS freshman basketball team.

We honored Dajae Coleman’s memory by sharing an essay that conveyed in his own words the excellent character of this wonderful human being. The essay is posted on the ETHS website ( A brief statement about Dajae was read today over the high school’s PA system followed by a moment of silence.

Grief counselors were available to students yesterday and have been available throughout the school day today to support our students and staff as they mourn the loss of Dajae. Students are coping in different ways to this tragedy. After school today, we will determine what kind of support may be needed tomorrow.

The high school is setting up a memorial fund to accept donations on behalf of Dajae Coleman’s family to help defray funeral expenses and support the family during this difficult time. We will announce the specifics of this fund and ways to donate later this afternoon.

We continue to offer our sincere support to Dajae’s family and friends, and wish to thank the Evanston/Skokie community for their outpouring of concern and support for our students and staff.

Oscar Hawthorne
Assistant Superintendent/Principal
Evanston Township High School

Related link

Dajae Coleman’s essay

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Rest In peace

    Its so crazy how the inocent ones are always the ones to get hurt! I didnt know Dajae Coleman but may god be with his family and bring peace and justice to his family. He will truly be missed! God rest his soul!

  2. Will it ever end

    Several of my children knew of Dajae and one of my brothers worked with Dajae. They stated also that he was a nice young man. As the person stated above, the innocent are always the ones who get harmed.

    These other individuals and/or kids continue to wreak havoc on the community.  It is so sad because these kids in the community know each other in one way or another and it doesn't bother them whether they hurt someone they once knew or hung out with.

    This young man had nothing to do with whatever was going on. He was going home and because some kids not doing the right thing were out getting into trouble, he got caught up. I have two boys and I cannot rest until I hear them coming in the door. My prayers and sympathies go out to the mother, the grandfather and the family of DaJae Coleman. May God bless you all.


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