Oak Park police are investigating the homicide of 41-year-old Terrence Roebuck, who was found unresponsive in the 100 block of Lake Street, Saturday night, July 23. This is the second gun-related homicide in Oak Park this summer.

“Any instance where gun violence results in the senseless loss of life is deeply troubling,” Interim Police Chief Shatonya Johnson said in a news release.

Roebuck died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Chicago Medical Examiner’s office. Wednesday Journal has reached out to Johnson and Village President Vicki Scaman for comment.

A neighbor on Taylor Avenue expressed worries Tuesday over safety issues in his immediate neighborhood after the murder of Roebuck and a month earlier of Jailyn Logan-Bledsoe at a BP gas station just to the north.

“It’s just such an unfortunate tragedy, but part of the sad thing for me is that it doesn’t seem all that unexpected,” said Andy Zimmerman, of the first block of north Taylor Avenue.


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Only two houses stand between Zimmerman’s home and where Roebuck was found and three blocks from the site of Logan-Bledsoe’s murder. Last August, the body of 15-year-old Melissa Rendon was found in an alley behind the 200 block of Taylor Avenue.

With a four-year-old and a seven-year-old, Zimmerman and his wife are growing increasingly worried for the safety of their neighborhood.

“Honestly, we have been talking about, should we consider moving,” he said. “Our relatives are urging us to get out of this area.”

Zimmerman is usually one to remain calm, but that has become difficult to do lately.

“I’m having a harder and harder time doing that recently,” he said. “This guy was shot 100 feet away from where we sleep. It’s hard to stomach.”

Police arrived at the scene at 10:45 p.m., July 23, following reports of gunfire near the Lake Street and Lombard Avenue intersection. Roebuck was discovered lying face down near his vehicle with apparent gunshot wounds to his abdomen and his head, according to a news release from the village of Oak Park.

 Paramedics arrived shortly after and attempted to revive Roebuck before ultimately transferring him to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead.

Officers canvassed the area, including Stevenson Park, but found no additional evidence. Police are continuing to investigate but have no suspects at this time.

Roebuck’s death comes just barely over a month after the fatal shooting of Logan-Bledsoe. The 18-year-old Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the neck outside the BP gas station at 100 Chicago Ave. just after midnight, June 22. Two suspects, a brother and sister, have been charged with first-degree murder in connection to her death.

In addition to Roebuck’s murder occurring on the heels of Logan-Bledsoe’s, the homicides happened only a short distance apart from each other, which has not gone unnoticed by those who live in the area.

Anyone with information pertaining to Roebuck’s death should contact the Oak Park Police Department at 708-386-3800. Those who wish to remain anonymous can provide tips to the police department online at www.oak-park.us/crimetip or by calling 708-434-1636.

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