On Feb.  08, at approximately 11:38 p.m., police officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Hovland Court for a call of shots fired. Upon arrival the officers located the victim, Yakez Semark a 20-year old male resident of Chicago. Mr. Semark had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to Evanston Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office ruled Semark’s death a homicide. Evanston Police Detectives along with members of the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force (NORTAF) investigated the homicide, said Commander Ryan Glew, Media Relations of the Evanston Police Department.

On Feb. 18, Evanston Police charged two young men in Mr. Semark’s homicide, said the Commander. One is an 18-year old resident of Evanston and the other an 18-year old resident of Chicago. Both young men have both been charged with First Degree Murder in relation to Mr. Semark’s death, said the Commander.

The investigation revealed that the two young men allegedly arranged to meet with Mr. Semark to buy a quantity of cannabis, said the Commander. The transaction allegedly escalated into a physical altercation between one of the young men and Mr. Semark, said the Commander.  During the altercation one of the young men allegedly shot Mr. Semark once in the chest, causing his death, said the Commander. Both offenders fled on foot.

Mr. Semark is a graduate of Evanston Township High School. His mother is an Evanston resident. Funeral services were held in Evanston on Feb. 17.

The public is reminded that the filing of charges are not evidence the persons charged committed a crime. They are presumed innocent until proven guilty.