Police: Family feud leads to homicide


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).

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