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Cops: ‘Good Kid’ Fatally Shot In Rogers Park

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Omar Estrada (CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A north suburban teen shot in the head Thursday night while sitting on a park bench with a female companion in the Rogers Park neighborhood has died.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as Omar Estrada, 16, of Evanston.

Estrada was sitting on a park bench in Rogers Park, talking to a female companion when he was shot in the head, according to police. It’s believed the shooter fired from a distance. No shell casings were found.

A Chicago police lieutenant says Estrada was a good kid with no gang affiliations or arrest record.

No one is in custody, and officials say the teenager’s female companion is not considered a suspect.

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The teen was sitting in Touhy Park at 7345 N. Paulina St. on a bench talking with a female companion when shots rang out and the girl saw him lying on the ground, shot in the head, according to Rogers Park District police Lt. Donald Holmen.

It was a very foggy evening and the girl, who is younger than the victim, did not see the shooter and said she had no idea where the shots came from, according to the lieutenant.

The victim was a “good kid’’ who had no gang affiliations and no arrest record, according to the lieutenant.

Police have not had any recent problems in that park, Holmen said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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