Man, 18, found shot to death in Park Forest

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Police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old man who was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound Monday afternoon in south suburban Park Forest.

Officers responded at 12:37 p.m. to a call of a “man down” near a utility easement behind the 300 block of Somonauk Street, Park Forest police said in a Facebook post.

Officers then found Tyreke Jenkins with a gunshot wound to his left side, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Jenkins, who lived in Park Forest, was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy Tuesday found he died of the gunshot wound and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Police requested assistance from the South Suburban Major Times Task Force and investigators with the Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Services, who were called to process the crime scene.

According to police, a preliminary investigation “indicates that this was not a random crime.”

Anyone with information about the man’s death should call investigators at (708) 748-1309.

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The man was in good condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.