A 20-year-old Evanston man has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting incident on the lakefront earlier this month that left one man dead and two teenagers injured.

Jalen Murray (EPD photo)

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says Jalen K. Murray, who lives in the 1600 block of Fowler Avenue, was arrested Friday and charged with first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the case.

Glew says two small groups of people were having a verbal altercation outside the entry to Clark Street Beach in the 1800 block of Sheridan Road about 8:10 p.m. on April 12 when at least one person fired a handgun striking the three victims and killing 18-year-old Jaquis Irby of 8500 Niles Center Road in Skokie.

Murray appeared in bond court Saturday and was ordered held on $750,000 bond. His next court date is Tuesday in Skokie district court. (More on testimony at the bond hearing from CWB Chicago.)

Glew says the investigation into the murder of Irby remains active and anyone with information about the incident is encourage to contact the Evanston Police Detective Bureau at 847-866-5040 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) and then start your message with EPDTIP.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. The lack of detailed information and updates from city and police is appalling—-plus the “school lockdown suspect” being arrested has been virtually zero information released since first day of incident…Kudos on the arrests but the city’s citizens deserve more transparency as to what’s going on in such violent cases.

  2. Thank you for keeping us informed. It’s sad that the quiet city of Evanston is now affected by the national gun crisis. I hope this nation can find a solution to all these senseless shootings. May God protect us !

  3. Great work EPD! Another dangerous criminal off of our streets.

    I presume transparency in murder investigations isn’t always practical.

    Status updates to the public might be more feasible though.

    Fund the EPD!!!

  4. The fact that both Irby and Murray went to ETHS for high school and overlapped time there makes me assume that they knew each other. further more everyone who was at the shooting knew everyone else there so why did it take so long to catch murray? Who was the other person who was booked and why were they released? This culture of no snitching has to end. Did the first person booked turn Murray up?

  5. I knew these kids, the one that got arrested and the one that tragically died, I can’t say they’re were “good” kids, but they definitely didn’t seem like the type to be in a situation like this, but then again I didn’t know them very well. It’s a deep shame that Murry threw his life away, especially ending the life of someone he knew. Seeing my class mates in these Situations, living in a town where they’re plenty of opportunities for them, is truly a deep deep shame.

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