In an interview last summer, Mr. Thomas's father said he feared his son wouldn't survive another attempt on his life and that the young man would be moving out of state. Sadly, his father's worst fears came true last night.
In other words, to most people he was a 20-year-old man trying to make it as a rapper. To the gangs, he was a high-profile target. This is just insanity.
Ald. Osterman sent out an email this morning to residents:
"Dear Neighbor,Stories in the Tribune, Sun-Times, and DNAinfo.
Last night, at around 1:30 am, an individual was shot and killed on the 4800 block of Kenmore. Witnesses reported seeing a shiny black car that may have been associated with this incident. Chicago Police are investigating the death, and believe it to be gang related. The victim in this shooting had been a target in other gang-related shootings in Edgewater and Rogers Park.
I have spoken with the commanders of both the 20th and 24th Police Districts, along with the Gang Crimes Division and Mass Transit, to request additional security in our area to curb the possibility of retaliatory actions. The districts are working together to coordinate patrols to address this incident.
I ask for your increased awareness regarding potential gang activity. If you see any suspicious activity, people or vehicles in your area, please call 911 to report it. You can also text information to the Police Department:
At 7pm next Tuesday June 2 at the Broadway Armory, I will be hosting our annual Police Commanders Meeting to introduce Commander Cornelia Lott from the 20th District and Commander Roberto Nieves from the 24th District. We will be discussing current public safety issues and the initiatives we are taking to address them, along with discussing upcoming Safe Summer Nights programming throughout the ward.
- Create a new text message or SMS text on your cellular phone.
- Enter the number 274637 (CRIMES) in the "TO" line.
- In the message box, type the word CPD, a space, and then your crime tip information.
- Hit "send" to send the text message.
If you have any questions, please contact Marko Zaric at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-784-5277."