Albany Park Gets City’s First Murder; Mell Calls Emergency Meeting

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy will attend a 33rd Ward community meeting on January 18. Credit: Sarah Tilotta

Early Monday morning Albany Park became the unfortunate host of Chicago’s first murder of the year, as a 19-year old Harold Washington College student was gunned down in an alley of the block of 3200 W. Lawrence Ave.

According to police reports, the 19-year old, later identified as Nicholas Camacho, was a passenger in a SUV driving thru an alley when shots were fired striking him in the head. Camacho was driven to Swedish Covenant Hospital for stabilization, then later transported in critical condition St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he died of his wounds.

ABC 7 News is reporting the shooting as gang-related, as police told ABC7 that the shooter flashed gang signs before the victim and friends jumped in the SUV to leave the scene.

In this environment, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd), whose ward falls in the 17th District, is conducting a community meeting Wednesday, January 18 with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and 17th District Commander Melissa Staples at Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall, 4432 N. Troy Ave.

In an email sent to 33rd Ward residents this morning, Ald. Mell pointed out that, “violent crime in the 17th District has been trending downward at an approximate rate of roughly 3% a year. The rate of violent crime has actually declined in the district during the past year by 4.8%.”

Questions for Superintendent McCarthy may be emailed in advance at questions@activist.com.

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  • Anonymous

    From all the reporting I’ve seen, both here and citizen reporting at Every Block, I do not buy that violent crime is down in Albany Park.  Could it be due to so many crimes being undocumented, thanks to slow police response? 

    • http://twitter.com/vouchey Mike Fourcher

      It’s always possible that crimes are underreported, but CPD takes great pain to report all crime since many federal grants to the department are linked to reported crime. The new city crime data portal is about a week old, but that’s still pretty reliable: http://data.cityofchicago.org/Public-Safety/Crimes-2001-to-present/ijzp-q8t2

      Crime is down overall, especially violent crime, in Chicago since the 1990′s, as well as nationally.

  • Anonymous

    I have been in A Park for about 4 years now and I definitely noticed an increase in crime around the Kedzie brown line stop.  It just seems to be going downhill fast.  2 gang related homicides within a few blocks of each other in the past month.

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