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Police About-Face On Kenmore Shooting, Not Gang-Related

DemondIt just did run run run not seem to add up. Witnesses noticing a passionate argument between two men.  One of them Demond Parnell who was a creative barber in Rogers Park. He stated on his Twitter page, “I’m an Open-minded outspoken Barber with an eye for fashion and style. I create my own lane”.  One of his Tweets saying, “Every time I come back to Chicago, I don’t want to leave. I love my city.” His friends and co-workers loved him and described him as a vibrant, happy man who would help everyone get through the day with a laugh.

On July 21st, Demond’s life came to an end with a single bullet shot into his chest. After the homicide on the 5200 block of Kenmore, it was announced  by investigators that the shooting was gang-related and he was the intended target.  Other news agencies quickly announced the investigator’s gang motive and discussion boards and Facebook pages lit up with anti-gang frustration. It is understandable, Edgewater has been hit hard over the years with gang violence. It is an increasing part of our lives and many have become numb to its terrible effects. However, in this case it seems as though residents were led in the wrong direction.

In a statement today, Alderman Harry Osterman said, “I sent a public safety update regarding the fatal shooting of Demond Parnell on the 5200 block of North Kenmore. Initially, the Chicago Police Department believed this was a gang-related shooting. That is no longer the case. The Chicago Police Department continues to investigate this shooting, and believes that Mr. Parnell was the intended target of the shooting with the motive still unknown.”

Now people are asking how investigators came to such a quick decision on this man. A man that so many people loved including his mother who was an Edgewater resident. Alderman Osterman added, “Our thoughts and prayers are with her as she grieves the loss of her son. I have met with the Parnell family and have expressed my deepest condolences on behalf of myself and our entire community.”

Many feel this tragedy was tainted by a quick and unfair determination. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Demond, as well as anyone that has lost their life to senseless acts of violence. A loss of a life in our city is felt by families, friends, and surrounding communities.

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