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Man Held in Georgia in Connection with Portage Park Murder

By Heather Cherone | February 6, 2014 3:47pm
  Tremaine Bates was arrested in connection with the murder of Alex Anderson, 19, police said.
Man Held in Georgia in Connection with Portage Park Murder
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PORTAGE PARK — A man has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 20 murder of a 19-year-old Portage Park man, police said Thursday.

Tremaine Barnes was arrested in Columbus, Ga., Jan. 29 by the U.S. Marshal Service on a murder warrant issued by Chicago police, according to a statement from the marshals service. Barnes is awaiting extradition to Illinois for the fatal shooting of Alex Anderson.

Anderson was injured while riding in a car in the 4300 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, police said.

Anderson, who had been living with the Papish family in Portage Park since his grandmother died last summer, was shot in the left arm and abdomen. After being shot, Anderson went home, and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he died.

Dave Papish said he was relieved there had been an arrest in his friend's murder.

"Maybe he can rest now," Papish said, adding that he still misses Anderson's funny walk and laugh.

Papish said he had never met Barnes and did not know what the connection between him and Anderson was, or what led to the shooting.

Anderson worked at Hot Dog Express, 4300 N. Milwaukee Ave., but dreamed of pursuing music full time, friends said.

No other information was available about the case, Estrada said.