Evanston police say a 23-year-old man found dead on the west side early this morning was shot to death in an on-going feud between two extended families.

Cmdr. Jay Parrott says  police responding to a call of shots fired in the 1800 block of Hovland Court about 2 a.m. found Javar Bamberg, 23, of Evanston, dead of a gunshot wound to the head in an alley in the 1700 block of Grey Avenue.

Evanston police detectives along with the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the homicide. Parrott says the investigation shows the victim was targeted as a result of an on-going feud between two extended families that have ties to gang-related violence.

He says police have increased their presence in the neighborhoods surrounding the scenes of several recent shootings.

Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the homicide call the department at (847) 866-5000 or use Text-A-Tip anonymously by texting the keyword EPDTIP to 274637 (CRIMES).

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Why is no one in custody?

    How do the police know this has anything to do with a family feud, but don't have the person who did it in custody? 

    1. Be patient….

      Often the police have to get their ducks in a row before they make an arrest.  If they arrest prematurely without enough evidence to keep the suspect locked up, it is all for nothing.  It's not like the police forgot to arrest the suspect.   

      1. Evanston shootings

        Investigations are as good as the quality of the witnesses and informant information….Physical evidence can make/break a case….

        In lots of these type shootings, peeps don't assist the PD….

    2. because of the bamberg/davis

      because of the bamberg/davis fued that's been going on for 7 years now.   he is a bamberg, duh…


        1. It started before The Keg

          It started before the keg killing. The guy killed and the killer was having problems all year up to that point.

  2. Even murderers have 4th Amendment rights

    Police need probable cause to make an arrest. Anonymous tips and rumors, without corroboration by hard evidence or solid witness testimony, aren't enough. 

    Pretty obvious it has to do with the "family feud" (which is also a gang feud), since the kid killed today, Javar Bamberg, is clearly related to the guy who was acquitted of the Marcus Davis murder from 2 years ago, John Bamberg. Other relatives on the other side are being mentioned on twitter.

    You'll also see on twitter, in addition to a swath of black Evanston youth who have no parental supervision and have committed themselves to a culture of dysfunction, numerous warnings against cooperating with police (or "opps" in the jargon). This is why the Chicago police solve less than 30% of their homicides.

    The police can't arrest people without hard evidence. 

  3. It’s not rocket science.

    It's not rocket science. Every victim is either a relative or a friend of the same two families. I'd imagine that a police officer in any town who works the street becomes very familiar with the families and gangs in their area. They know exactly who's shooting, but the last time I checked, you can't just round people up and toss them in jail without evidence or witnesses.

  4. Communiy collapse

    Now we talk about ethics, as much as Evanston Police harassed the citizens of this ward, lack of a formidable alderman, three homicides in a couple of months and one violent shooting. You do the math. Evanston police are unable to handle this by tthemselves, but then again how many homicides have the actually solved on their own.

  5. C’mon folks

    …just put the guns away and go home.

    I sure hope the police are looking out for our kids who walk from ETHS home in the evenings.  Because of these idiots,  our city is turning into a militarized police state.  

    Mayor, the buy back is a worthless idea and a sign that our local government is helpless in the face of this violence.  Our ineffectiveness is evident in the lack of ideas of how to cure this problem.  It will take the entire community to get these people and their guns out of here.  Us neighbors need to put pressure on these people to knock it off.

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