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Man charged in shooting death of 14-year-old Evanston boy

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Charges have been filed in connection with the murder of a promising north suburban teenage athlete last week.

Dajae Coleman, 14, of the 1900 block of Foster Street in Evanston, was fatally shot Sept. 22 in the 1500 block of Church Street in Evanston, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

On Thursday, Evanston police announced they had a "person of interest" in custody, and on Friday morning, police said charges have been filed, but no details would be released until a press conference Friday afternoon.

Coleman had asked his father, Richard Coleman, for permission to go to a party with his pals that night.

The teen was walking with friends when four shots were fired, one of which struck him in the chest, police said.

"He told me where it was. I said, ‘OK, but don't be sitting around there on the street. Don't go wandering. Call me after the party. Don't walk,' " Richard Coleman said. "He said, ‘OK, Dad. I'll call you.' … And he never called me back."

About 10:30 p.m., Dajae was fatally shot. Friends said he was leaving a party when he was shot. About 45 minutes later, Dajae's mother, Tiffany Rice, called Richard Coleman and told him to come to the police station.

Police didn't have many details. "They said, ‘It wasn't meant for him,'" Coleman said.

Coleman's former football coach, Tyrone Wilson Sr. said he watched the boy grow into a brilliant athlete since he was six years old.

Following Coleman's death, NBA players LeBron James, Tyson Chandler, Paul Pierce and Luc Mbah A Moute, as well as former Chicago Bulls player and current announcer Stacey King, Tweeted about the shooting.


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