A 26-year-old Evanston man was ordered held without bond today, charged with the murder last month of another man outside a local auto repair shop.

Police say John Anthony Bamberg Jr. of 1930 Brown Ave. was arrested last Thursday in South Chicago Heights by Evanston police assisted by federal marshals and the Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force.

Marcus Davis, 23, of 1716 Payne St. in Evanston was shot to death by a lone gunman who walked up to his car as he was backing it out of the parking lot at Smitty’s Garage in the 1422 Dodge Ave. about 10 p.m. on Sept. 30.

A female passenger in Davis’ car escaped injury in the attack.

Bamberg has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Davis and with the attempted first degree murder of his passenger.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says Evanston detectives and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force interviewed witnesses and processed physical evidence that led to Bamberg’s arrest.

Bamberg’s next hearing in Skokie district court is scheduled for Friday.

Update 5:50 p.m.: Police Chief Richard Eddington says it appears the shooting was the outgrowth of a long-standing dispute among families in the community that may date back at least to a fatal shooting incident at The Keg five years ago.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Just plain stupid!!!

    I personaly know all involved. They all grew up together. The parents all grew up together and live within two minutes of each other.

    I was there 5 years ago at the Keg and painfuly unable to to break it up. You see I’m old school. Back then if you had a fight and lost you just lost and you kept your pride because you stood up and that’s what’s wrong now.

    These young guy can’t take an ass whoopin without their pride being hurt so they shoot. But what they don’t realize is that when you take a life, your life is also over and all that love and depend on you lose too.

    Now the kids of Bob, Marcus and John are fatherless, and it all stems from petty money!

    There are more construction jobs here in Evanston than guns, believe me, I know. But we are not being hired. Trust, you give a guy a $20 an hour job, he’s not thinking about nothing elss but going to work the next day.


    1. Thank you

      For sharing your comments.  I appreciate the deeper understanding provided by people with close, first-hand knowledge of situations over the journalist’s generic summary.  Ideally, may you and others with this first-hand knowledge be able, with community participation, to help heal this situation so no more lives are lost and no more violence like this occurs in our community.

    2. So you are attempting to

      So you are attempting to blame this murder and others on the fact that these guys didn’t get construction jobs handed to them? Really? That’s quite a stretch. You know as well as I do, that these guys were most likely making more than $20 an hour and it didn’t change a thing. I think it’s absurd that you would attempt to capitalize on this horrible situation in an attempt to push your agenda on minority contract work. Shame on you.

    3. Who’s Bob?

      Too bad if you knew them that you and others couldn’t see this brewing – there were 5 years to defuse it through some interventions….

    4. I agree

      I agree, I am his oldest daughter and I am now 14 about to turn 15. I believe all of this is just out of hand. And how can the media just sit there and write about a persons death they know nothing about. I sit here and I’ve been sitting here reading comments and I see all these negative comments like they know who my father was. He was taken to early. He couldn’t even see me graduate walk the stage, he couldn’t see my brother and sister graduate 5 grade. This is all so emotional and to much for me. It’s been years and people are stop commenting, he’s gone it’s too late let him rest peacefully. I still remember my moms phone getting blown up all night and us risking back to evanston. Most of that stuff in the article wasn’t even true. And I hate hearing about it why tell a story if you don’t know the real one…

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