14-Year-Old Evanston Boy Shot and Killed Saturday Night

The shooting happened in the 1500 block of Church Street around 10:40 p.m. Police are releasing few other details at this point. The victim was a freshman at Evanston Township High School.

Update 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Dajae Coleman, the 14-year-old who was shot and killed Saturday evening, was a freshman at Evanston Township High School.

Superintendent Eric Witherspoon posted a note on the school's website saying the community was "very saddened" by the news and that, "our sympathy and thoughts are with Dajae’s family."

The message also let the ETHS community know that, "Our Student Services department personnel will be available throughout the day on Monday, September 24, in room E118 to provide grief counseling to any student or staff member who might need it. No appointment is necessary.

Original story

A 14-year-old Evanston boy was shot and killed last night, according to police.

The Evanston Police Department sent out a press release this morning that said officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Church Street at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. The teenager was then found shot and killed.

The North Regional Major Crimes Task Force is assisting the Evanston Police Department with the investigation.

TribLocal is reporting that the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the victim as Dajae Coleman of the 1900 block of Foster Street.

No further information is being released at this time. Patch will update the story as we learn more.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the detective bureau at 847-866-5040.

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Katrina September 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Michael, no good is going to come to you for that stupid statement you made!!
Katrina September 24, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Get you facts right Frank because half of what your saying is not true!!!
Tea September 24, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I am a very strong and loyal supporter of the Evanston Police Department. Our guys in blue does a good job at protecting our community. I have no doubt that they will solve this horrendous crime. Our township will never become anything like that of Chicago. The gangs can try to do their thing in our town, but I have faith and belief that the gangs will never take over. My prayers and thoughts are with Dajae's loving family and with our community as a whole.
Lora Swanson September 24, 2012 at 06:43 PM
The "real" story here is the fact that we need to get guns off the street and out of the hands of those who only want to use them to harm other people. We have lost so many young people to gun violence in both Chicago and Evanston and the problem is only growing. This a horrible tragedy, regardless of whether or not there was an "intended target." Kids walking home from a party should be safe in our neighborhoods. Adults, NU students, and teens getting on and off the el, going to and from movies/restaurants in downtown Evanston, and walking home at night should not have to worry about whether or not they will survive another day. My heart goes out to Dajae's family and friends.
Winnetka September 26, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Guns don't shoot by themselves. People are the issue; people not minding their children and/ or enabling thugs to be in their midst. Low lifes don't need guns to do their deeds. The code of silence re: gang/thug activity needs to end. We need not speculate on which communities are suffering the most with this problem. It is obvious with regular news reports. While Dajae was not in a gang..it is not a stretch to think, that some loser gang member or lowlife at the party, filled w/ envy, decided to pull a power play on Dajae b/c he represented everything that lowlife will never be-a success. Dajae by all accounts was a success in his short life. Anyone who has information that could lead to an arrest of Dajae's murderer, must come forward. A culture of silence has yielded a bloodbath on the south side. South siders are bowed by the thugs. Will Evanstonians be bowed by the thug culture too...or will you be a model for Chicago. I'm sorry, but the police cannot solve this problem alone. It takes the will of the community. You must Stand up and Stop it now!


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