A former Oak Park and River Forest High School security monitor has died after a shooting in Chicago’s University Village neighborhood.
According to Chicago police, Everick Coleman was fatally shot at around 2:20 a.m. on Aug. 7 — less than three hours into his 43rd birthday.
According to media reports, Coleman’s former neighbors had thrown a party for him on Saturday evening. As a group of roughly 200 people stood outside, gunshots rang out. Coleman was hit in the head and chest and pronounced dead at the scene. A 40-year-old woman was injured and taken to Stroger Hospital. So far, police have no one in custody for the shooting.
“Everybody was having a nice time, we were enjoying ourselves, and it’s a shame it had to go from a birthday celebration to a funeral,” Coleman’s friend, Jimmy Dukes, told WGN TV.
Coleman worked at OPRF from early 2013 until he resigned in December 2014.
“Educational systems as a whole sorely lack positive black male role models,” wrote OPRF English teacher Anthony Clark, a former colleague of Coleman’s, in an Aug. 7 Facebook post. “
“Oak Park and River Forest just lost one of their own! From what I knew of Mr. Coleman, he was a great person who modeled for the students and shared great relationships with his colleagues. Hurts my heart and my prayers go out to his family and friends.”
District 200 spokeswoman Karin Sullivan confirmed Coleman’s resignation in an email on Monday morning. This article has been updated from a previous version that stated Coleman was presently employed at OPRF.