Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington says the man killed in a bomb blast early this morning has now been identified as 23-year-old Colin Dalebrough.

Eddington this evening said there’s no indication that anyone else was involved in Dalebrough’s activities that led up to the explosion at Fitzsimon Park just south of Nichols Middle School.

Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington says the man killed in a bomb blast early this morning has now been identified as 23-year-old Colin Dalebrough.

Eddington this evening said there’s no indication that anyone else was involved in Dalebrough’s activities that led up to the explosion at Fitzsimon Park just south of Nichols Middle School.

The chief says that an analysis of social media and phone records suggests that Dalebrough had no close associates who were aware of his plans.

Eddington said that Dalebrough had been in and out of Evanston in recent years, most recently returning to the city in August and that it’s not clear yet whether he was currently employed.

The chief said he hopes that, based on an FBI forensic analysis of the computer that was seized with a search warrant at Dalebrough’s apartment in the 1000 block of Main Street, police will be able to develop a much clearer picture of Dalebrough’s motives and intentions by sometime tomorrow.

He said its not clear whether Dalebrough intended to commit suicide, but that that is one of the theories that’s being seriously explored.

Note to readers 11:41 a.m. 10/15/10: We are aware that other news organizations are reporting a different age and a different spelling of the dead man’s last name than what’s in our story. We’re currently seeking clarification from the police department about those issues.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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8 Comments

  1. Can all the amateur sleuths now back off…

    … their predictions that this was a case of a "suicide bomber" or other cockamamie theories?

    It’s likely a case of what it first appeared to be: a suicide by a disturbed young person.

    And that is very sad.

    1. Accidental suicide is not the same thing as a suicide

      Evanston bob, are you serious?  The guy had TWO pipe bombs.  How can any reasonable person assume this was an intentional suicide?  Yes, he seems to have killed himself, but so far there has been NO evidence released (2 bombs, no suicide note) that would demonstrate to me that that was his intention.

      On the surface this certainly looks like a disturbed individual planning to plant bombs at one or more parks, and his death looks like it was an accidental discharge.

      If the Evanston police want the citizens of the City to believe this is a suicide, the bomber’s computer better turn up some seriously believable forensic evidence.

      1. Planting bomb at one or more parks?

        Your comment "On the surface this certainly looks like a disturbed individual planning to plant bombs at one or more parks, and his death looks like it was an accidental discharge" begs the question have any other Evanston parks been checked for hidden mysterious packages?  We only know of two pipe bombs…. what if you are right and what if there had been more?

  2. anti-theory

    I don’t think anyone but the police could possibly imagine the motives behind this event quite yet. I myself still can’t (with a straight face) suggest a backstory, but I’m pretty sure of what it’s **not** – a suicide.

  3. Investigate the police

    While I agree that amateur sleuths need to back off, the actions of the EPD have not given me any confidence that they the ability to "imagine the motives" of this young man.They couldn’t even imagine that a huge early morning explosion near a public school that rattles windows and wakes up citizens for blocks around might have required more that a cursory drive-by investigation.

    The story of the now dead, would be bomber will likely turn out to be a sad and tragic tale. But the performance of the police department is the real story here that should concern us all. There needs be some sort of independent investigation on how this was handled. Right now it looks like gross incompetence on the part of the people we pay to protect this community.

  4. Final thoughts

    The comments regarding this incident have become extremely redundant. Can’t we simply blame it on the Bush administration and be done with it?

  5. CSI: Evanston?

    I’m amazed, but not surprised, at the number of theories floating around- on this site, as well as others. From conspiracy theorists and terrorist plots, or suicide-gone-accidental, to blowing up a school.

    Has anyone given thought to it being just a simple accident? Maybe a case of "hold my beer and watch this?"  visit from Father Darwin?  Group of like-minded young people FIND or make a couple of what appear to be pipe bombs (or home-made fireworks). They wander over to a local park to set them off. Fuse does not work as planned, and victim goes to "poke the bear" and see what went wrong. While looking directly into the device from a distance of inches, the fuse decides to finish what it started.

    Sounds like a cartoon doesn’t it?  Anyone curious enough to ask the ER at Evanston Hospital how many eye and facial "accidents" are treated around July 4th from similar circumstances?

    Just another armchair CSI sleuth with too much time and a morbid sense of humor.

  6. theorists

    How many folks who have given out their opinions on this incident, have gone over the scene, the apartment and the computer? At this time, it seems premature to second guess the police. The police have seen the body and the explosive devices, talked to the witnesses and the family. I’m content to wait to see what they come up with before flinging accusations of incompetence at them.

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