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Grief Counselors At Evanston High After Fatal Shooting Of 2011 Grad

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EVANSTON (STMW) — A 19-year-old man whose family is active in community affairs was fatally shot Thursday evening on the block where he lived in north suburban Evanston.

Justin Murray, 19, who lived on the 1800 block of Brown Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, was shot on that same block Thursday evening.

Police responded about 6:15 p.m. and found Murray on a parkway, Evanston police said. He was taken to Evanston Hosptial, where he was pronounced dead at 6:58 p.m.

Murray’s mother has been active in community affairs in Evanston, including a role as a block captain, the alderman in the ward told Pioneer Press.

“I’m very upset. I’m just so discouraged because this stuff has got to stop,” Ald. Delores Holmes said Friday morning.

Holmes, along with Ald. Peter Braithwaite and other city officials, went to the hospital Thursday night to accompany the family.

Brown’s mother, Carolyn, “is very active in the community forever,” Holmes said, and was at one time a block leader on the 1900 block of Grey Avenue.

Holmes said there have been issues on the block, including the shooting of LaShaune Bishop, a 21-year-old mother of two, in 2002.

Murray was a 2011 graduate of Evanston Township High School, according to an email sent to parents Friday morning from the school.

“We know that sme students and staff members will have a difficult time dealing with this news,” the email read.

Counselors will be available throughout the day to provide grief counseling to any student or staff member who might need it.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)