Khiyran Monroe. (EPD photo)

A 20-year-old Evanston man, Khiyran Monroe, has been charged with first degree murder in the July 14 shooting death of 29-year-old Servando Hamros in the Ladd Arboretum.

Police say Hamros was walking in the park about 9 p.m. with his 7-year-old daughter when he got into a confrontation with Monroe.

Cmdr. Ryan Glew says the initial confrontation appeared to stem from Hamros taking a video of Monroe and a female companion having sexual intercourse in the park.

It is possible the confrontation escalated and Hamros robbed Monroe, Glew says, adding that it does not appear that Hamros and Monroe knew each other prior to this incident. 

Glew says Monroe and his female companion then fled the park and entered Monroe’s vehicle, a silver Honda CRV. Inside the vehicle, Monroe had a loaded handgun. Monroe then drove southwest on McCormick Boulevard searching for Hamros.

Monroe located Hamros in the park, parked his car left wheel to the curb and fired about 17 rounds at Hamros who was about 112 feet away, Glew added.

Hamros was struck once in the eye, killing him. Monroe then fled the scene in his vehicle. 

Hamros’ daughter was not injured. Police say they found a handgun belonging to Hamros at the scene.

Monroe lives in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue, and on Saturday police spent several hours searching a home on that block.

On Monday, Monroe’s attorney surrendered him to detectives.

Evanston detectives and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force reviewed the investigation with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. On Tuesday the State’s Attorney’s Office approved a felony charge of first degree murder against Monroe.

He appeared in bond court Wednesday and was ordered held without bond. His next court date is at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Skokie Courthouse.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Tragic. That poor girl is going to have to grow up without a dad. Take note Alder Reid, nothing good happens in the park after sundown.

    1. Couldn’t agree more. Although while I’m not blaming the gentlemen for his own death … why the hell would you stand there with your 7-year-old filming two people having sex, and then afterward go and grab the guy? I and my child would be gone in a flash and then calling 9-1-1 to report it.

  2. This is such a weird and tragic incident.
    – Who takes their 7 year old kid to play pokemon go at 9pm?
    – What adult takes their date to the park for a romp on the ground by the walking path?
    – Who robs someone accompanied by their daughter when they come upon a couple being intimate in the park?
    – Who goes back to their mom’s house and takes her car to go shoot the alleged robber?

    Well, as Oakton Parent says, we will have more of these incidents when Reid gets his 24-7 parks resolution implemented.

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