Updated: ETHS grad fatally shot on West Howard Street

Sophia Bollag, City Editor

An 18-year-old man who was shot and killed Friday afternoon near the Evanston-Chicago border was a recent graduate of Evanston Township High School, the school said Monday.

He has been identified as Alante Vallejo of the 200 block of Ridge Avenue in Evanston, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. in the 1900 block of West Howard Street, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

Vallejo had graduated high school days earlier, ETHS principal Marcus Campbell wrote in a letter to the community that was posted Monday on the school’s website.

“We know that some students and staff members will have a difficult time dealing with this news,” Campbell wrote. “Our sympathy and thoughts are with Alante’s family.”

The school will be providing grief counseling on campus for “any currently-enrolled student or staff member who might need it,” Campbell wrote in the letter.

Vallejo, who was shot in the back, was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in critical condition shortly after the shooting and was later pronounced dead, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ana Pacheco said.

Another man, 20, was also wounded in the shooting, Pacheco said. He was shot in the foot and transported himself to Evanston Hospital, where he was assessed to be in “good condition,” she said.

No suspects were in custody shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, Pacheco said.

Vallejo is the third person killed this year in shootings in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, which borders Evanston.

Keno Glass, 16, and Darnall Gordon, 36, were both shot and killed in April within about a mile from the site where Vallejo was shot Friday.

(Man killed, two others wounded after shooting near Howard Street CTA station)

(Police questioning two after fatal shooting near Chicago-Evanston border)

They are among 21 people who have been shot in the neighborhood this year, according to data collected by the Chicago Tribune.

Earlier this month, a man was shot and wounded in Elks Park in Evanston, less than a mile from the site where Vallejo was killed.

Chicago and Evanston police have been working together to ramp up police presence in the area in light of the recent uptick in violence, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott told The Daily in April.

(Chicago, Evanston police collaborating to combat violence near Chicago-Evanston border)

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