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Updated: Evanston boy, 14, shot and killed near Northwestern campus

Susan Du, City Editor

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A 14-year-old Evanston boy was shot and killed less than a mile from the Northwestern campus Saturday night.

Around 10:30 p.m., Evanston Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Church Street, according to an EPD news release. The North Regional Major Crimes Task Force, which serves 13 communities near Evanston, is assisting local police with the homicide investigation.

EPD did not identify the victim or provide any further information about the incident.

— Susan Du

Update, 5:3o p.m. Sunday:

In a letter to Evanston Township High School students this afternoon, superintendent Eric Witherspoon identified the shooting victim as freshman Dajae Coleman.

All ETHS families were alerted of Coleman’s death by phone and email, Witherspoon said in the note, which was titled “Tragic News.”

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified Coleman this morning, according to the Chicago Tribune.

— Patrick Svitek

Update, 6 p.m. Sunday:

EPD this evening released more details about Coleman’s death.

Coleman was reportedly walking with his friends when he was hit by one of four shots fired, according to an EPD news release.

EPD also confirmed Coleman’s identity, which was released earlier today by the Cook County medical examiner’s office and Evanston Township High School.

— Patrick Svitek

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