Police Seek Help Finding Grad Student's Killer

Olubusayo Awomolo was shot in his own driveway Monday night

By Charlie Wojciechowski
|  Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 PM CDT
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Just 21 years old, Olubusayo Awomolo was working on his masters degree.

Just 21 years old, Olubusayo Awomolo was working on his masters degree.

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Dolton police on Wednesday said they have no one in custody and no suspects in the shooting death of University of Illinois Chicago graduate student Olubusayo Awomolo, so they are turning to the public for help.

Chief Bolden Jones said investigators are looking for a dark, four-door sedan seen leaving the scene between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday evening. That is when they think the 21-year-old got into some kind of confrontation with another man and was shot.

Awomolo’s body was discovered by his brother at the end of the family’s driveway near 155th and Ingleside about 45 minutes later.

"We are beckoning and urging the community of Dolton to please speak out," Bolden said.

Police are also looking for a man described as a "combative suspect." He is described as being dark complected with a slim build and wearing a brown jacket.

This Sunday, local ministers will encourage their parishioners to come forward with any information about the slaying. Many of them stood behind Awomolo's parents at an afternoon news conference, urging the members of the community to come to them if they are afraid of the police or of retaliation.

"We will act as go betweens to make this happen," said Rev. Michael Reynolds of the New Life Celebration Church.

Even though he said he has forgiven his son’s killer, Olawale Awomolo says he still wants answers.

"All I need is a motive why my son was killed," he said.

Anyone with information can call the Dolton Police at 708-201-3200 or leave an anonymous tip their hotline at 708-201-3226.

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