Crime Stoppers offers reward for information about 15-year-old’s murder inside Warren Park

A $15,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the indictment or conviction of anyone responsible for the murder of a 15-year-old boy in a North Side park last month. Cook County Crime Stoppers made the offer, which is good for 60 days, on Twitter Sunday morning.

Anthony Mendoza (inset) was shot and killed near a bike path inside Warren Park. | Cook County Crime Stoppers; Google

Anthony Mendoza was walking with two other people inside Warren Park, 6601 North Western Avenue, when he was shot around 1:50 p.m. on July 5, according to the Crime Stoppers summary.

Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) told constituents in an email that Chicago police said Mendoza’s murder was an “isolated and targeted incident.”

“I am very disturbed and angry by the brazenness of this shooting—that it would happen in the middle of the day in one of our neighborhood parks,” Silverstein said.

Mendoza was with friends near the bike path in the southeast corner of the park when the gunman approached and fired shots at him, according to police. He suffered a gunshot wound to his right shoulder and later died at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

Officers on the scene said witnesses could not describe the offender.

Information about the crime can be shared anonymously with Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-535-STOP or by emailing TIPS@cookcountycrimestoppers.org. The Chicago police hotline number is 833-408-0069

Tipsters are not required to give their names, according to the organization.

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