OP police canvass area for clues in murder

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Oak Park police stopped people getting off the Blue Line el stop at Lombard Avenue and at checkpoints on streets in the southeast part of the village Thursday evening in hopes of finding information on the murder of a University of Illinois at Chicago professor.

"We're canvassing the neighborhood because this was about the time when it happened, and we just want to seen if anybody saw or heard anything," said Cmdr. Michael Brosnan.

Police were showing two photographs to people in the neighborhood. Officers were asking if anyone had seen the man 24 hours earlier or noticed anyone with him. Additionally they asked if passersby had heard any arguments or seen any unusual activity on Wednesday afternoon.

Police officials would not release the photos or reveal the identity of the person pictured. However, officers on the street said the picture was of the victim.

Peter D'Agostino was found bleeding and unconscious on the 1100 block of South Harvey Avenue Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m., police said. He later died from a "blunt head trauma" caused by a homicide assault, the Cook County Medical Examiner ruled.

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