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Loyola Student's Slaying Leads to Increased Police Presence Near School

By Benjamin Woodard | December 10, 2014 5:06am
 Loyola President Michael Garanzini said a foot patrol was assigned to Sheridan Road.
Loyola President Michael Garanzini said a foot patrol was assigned to Sheridan Road.
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ROGERS PARK — Police have increased patrols near Loyola University after Mutahir Rauf, 23, was shot and killed during a robbery last week, the school announced.

The Chicago Police Department added marked and unmarked police patrols, while the university and Chicago police continue to investigate, said Loyola President Father Michael Garanzini in a statement.

Loyola Police Chief Thomas Murray has also added officers to each shift and assigned a marked vehicle from the university's Water Tower Campus. Two additional officers have been assigned to a foot patrol on Sheridan Road, from Devon to North Shore avenues, between 3 and 9 p.m., he said.

About 7:50 p.m. Friday, Rauf and his younger brother were walking in the 1200 block of West Albion Avenue when two people approached them and displayed a gun. Ald. Joe Moore (49th) had said Rauf thought the gun was fake and grabbed for it.

He was shot in the head and chest and pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

The area where Rauf was killed has been the scene of muggings in the past.

On Tuesday, Rauf's eldest brother, Mokaram Rauf, who did not witness the crime, called for "peace, not vengeance" in the wake of the crime.

A memorial was also held Tuesday at Loyola, where family, friends and supporters met to eulogize the 23-year-old, pre-med student's life.

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