Evanston police say a man was found shot to death in the Ladd Arboretum shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday by officers responding to a call of shots fired.

Police kept McCormick Boulevard between Golf Road and Bridge Street closed to traffic until about 7:30 Friday morning as they investigated the shooting.

The victim has been identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as a 29-year-old Evanston resident, Servandos Hamros.

Police say he had a confrontation with an unknown number of people who fled on foot after the shooting.

It’s believed Hamros lived on Emerson Street, not far from where he was killed.

Family members told WMAQ television that the victim was playing Pokémon Go with his 6-year-old daughter in the park when he was shot and that the child FaceTimed the family to tell them of the shooting.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Nooo, another child traumatized…She needs to get help right away perhaps with a Rainbows for All Children grief group. Rainbows’ headquarters are in Evanston, but they will need to be contacted to see where a child’s group is meeting. There is no cost. https://rainbows.org/, 614 Dempster St suite c, Evanston, IL 60202,(847) 952-1770, From Rainbows for All Children
    “FREE support groups for youth and young adults, ages 3-25, and parents/caregivers who are grieving from the absence of a family member as a result of any life-altering experience (death, divorce, incarceration, etc.).” 5:5 rating, etc.

  2. Very sorry for this family’s tragedy. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that it happened at Butler Park. Can anyone confirm on which side of the canal this occurred? This is one of the reasons parks close at sundown, for the safety of our citizens.

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