Man is charged in shooting at Evergreen Cemetery

  • Written by Dermot Connolly

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Elston Stevenson

A man was charged with the Nov. 22 shooting at the Evergreen Park gravesite of a man who was killed in Palos Heights two days earlier.

Evergreen Park police said officers responded to a report of shots fired at 2:50 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 3401 W. 87th St., during a graveside service for Marud Talib, 39. Talib had been fatally shot on Nov. 20 at his home in the 7300 block of Ishnala Drive in Palos Heights.

That case remains under investigation.

No one was injured in the shooting at the cemetery, where about 20 people were attending the funeral service.

Police said Elston T. Stevenson, 56, of the 13000 block of South Corliss Avenue in south suburban Burnham, was arrested as he was leaving the scene. He allegedly fired once at the grave, saying, “You deserved it,” according to prosecutors at his bail hearing last Thursday.

A .32-caliber revolver loaded with four rounds and one spent shell was also recovered. Another man who was with Stevenson was also taken into custody, but was later released without charges.

Stevenson, who police described as a multiple felon, faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated discharge of a weapon. As of Tuesday, Stevenson was being held in Cook County Jail on $50,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 20, according to information on the Cook County Sheriff’s Office website.

Talib was shot multiple times at his home by an unknown assailant about 5 p.m. Nov. 20. The shooter escaped in a car, and Talib was taken by ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died about an hour later. His death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, the first in Palos Heights in several decades.

“We’re making some very good progress on the investigation,” said Palos Heights Deputy Chief Bill Czajkowski. He said that while the shooting in Evergreen Park is related to the murder in Palos Heights, Stevenson is not suspected of involvement in the original homicide.

“It is all part of an ongoing dispute,” he said.

“There are people of interest who have been identified, but it is too early to say more than that,” said Czajkowski.

“The video evidence we received from neighbors’ surveillance cameras, as well as from red-light cameras, was very helpful,” he said.

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and Cook County State's Attorney's Office are assisting with the investigation.