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Suburban Teen Charged in Fatal Portage Park Shooting

By Erica Demarest | February 12, 2014 7:08am
 Alex Anderson, 19, was fatally shot near his Portage Park home on Jan. 20.
Suburban Teen Charged in Portage Park Homicide
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CHICAGO — A suburban teen has been charged with first-degree murder for the Jan. 20 shooting that killed a Portage Park teen.

Tramian Barnes, 18, of the 400 block of South May Street in southwest suburban Joliet, was located in Georgia and extradited to Chicago, police said. He has been charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Police said they believe Barnes was responsible for the Jan. 20 shooting that killed 19-year-old Alex Anderson.

Anderson was riding in a car that night in the 4300 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when someone inside the car shot him in his abdomen and right arm about 10:20 p.m. Cops think Barnes was the driver and shooter.

Anderson was able to walk to his friend's home in the nearby 5000 block of West Cullom Avenue. The teen had been living there since his grandmother died last summer.

Paramedics took Anderson to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:42 a.m. on Jan. 21.

On Jan. 29, Barnes was arrested in Columbus, Ga., according to the U.S. Marshals Service. He is slated to appear in bond court in Chicago Wednesday.

Dave Papish, with whom Anderson lived, 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.

Contributing: Heather Cherone