Person of interest in custody in killing of ETHS freshman Dajae Coleman

Manuel Rapada, Assistant City Editor

Evanston Police announced Thursday afternoon that a person of interest is in custody in connection with the killing of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman.

Coleman, a freshman at Evanston Township High School, was shot and killed Saturday night while walking on the 1500 block of Church Street with friends. One of four shots fired hit Coleman in the chest, according to an EPD news release issued Sunday.

In Thursday’s news release, EPD did not elaborate further about the person in custody but said another release would be issued when additional information becomes available to the public. EPD is working with the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force to investigate the case.

“The investigation still continues to progress forward,” Cmdr. Jay Parrott wrote in the release.

Meanwhile, the Evanston community is preparing for Coleman’s funeral on Saturday.

A visitation will be held Friday night at Thompson Funeral Home, 1917 Asbury Ave., according to the ETHS website. A wake is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at the First Church of God Christian Life Center, 1524 Simpson St.

Anyone with information on the Coleman case should call the EPD’s Juvenile Bureau at (847) 866-5050.

— Manuel Rapada