Murder charge filed in shooting of 17-year-old student activist in West Rogers Park

Caleb Reed of Voices of Youth in Chicago Education was shot July 31 in the 1900 block of West Granville Avenue.

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Caleb Reed, a junior at Mather High School in West Ridge, speaks during a June 16, 2020, press conference outside City Hall about Chicago City Council legislation that would have terminated a $33 million contract between the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Public Schools.

A man was charged in a fatal July 31, 2020, shooting of a student activist Caleb Reed (pictured) in West Rogers Park.

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An 18-year-old man is charged in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old student activist in West Rogers Park on the North Side, police said Monday.

Genove Martin faces a murder charge in the shooting of Caleb Reed on July 31 in the 1900 block of West Granville Avenue, officials said.

Martin was arrested Sunday in Park Manor on the South Side, Chicago police said.

He is due in bond court Tuesday.

Weeks before he was shot, Reed — then a junior at Mather High School on the North Side — spoke about his traumatic experience with officers at his school at a news conference with public officials ahead of a Board of Education vote on a $33 million contract with the Chicago Police Department.

Reed was a student leader with the group Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), which has been one of several student groups advocating for the removal of officers from CPS.

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