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Rogers Park Homicide is Neighborhood's Second in Nine Days

By  Emily Morris and Alex Parker  | July 14, 2013 5:29pm | Updated on July 14, 2013 7:55pm

 A man was shot dead in the 1600 block of West Jonquil Terrace on Sunday.
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ROGERS PARK — A 22-year-old man was shot to death in Rogers Park Sunday afternoon.

The man was shot in his head shortly before 4 p.m. not far from Willye B. White Park in the 1600 block of West Jonquil Terrace, said Officer Daniel O'Brien, a police spokesman.

Police investigated the scene in the park, just north of Howard Street. Police cordoned off the entire park and moved onlookers over toward the next block. Evanston police officers were dispatched to the scene to help quell a large angry crowd that gathered.

The man, identified as Blake Lamb, was pronounced dead on the scene at 5:17 p.m. after being shot multiple times, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said. Police had no more information Sunday night.

Rogers Park resident Kristine Weaver, 38, said she heard at least four gunshots from her apartment about a block away from the park.

She said she's seen Lamb hang out in that park before with others about his age, but that she didn't know him well.

Weaver said she generally feels safe in her neighborhood, but in the summer, things can get dangerous.

"The hotter, the more violent it gets," she said. "It makes me angry and sad."

The shooting is the latest violent incident to shake Rogers Park. On July 5, 26-year-old Elliot Frazier, the son of an alderman's aide, was shot to death in the 7400 block of North Paulina Street.

On Friday, a 17-year-old boy was shot several times in his legs in the 7600 block of North Paulina. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in serious condition, police said.

Other neighborhood residents said they, too, are concerned with the violence. The previous shootings took place within blocks of the park, which has been the scene of violence before, said Nathaniel Rogers, a mailman whose route of 15 years took him through the area.

The 56-year-old witnessed a shooting in the park recently, hearing shots go "bang, bang. A guy shot a gun right into the park," he said. No one was hurt in that incident, as far as Rogers knew.

Rogers was walking near the park Sunday with his 10-year-old son and a friend of his son's, who said he doesn't feel safe living in the neighborhood.