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Relatives, activists eager for justice after teen fatally shot by Zion police

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ZION, Ill. -- Relatives and community activists are still demanding justice for Justus Howell, nearly a month after the 17-year old was shot and killed by Zion police.

A crowd of people gathered Saturday afternoon at 24th and Galilee where police fatally shot Justus Howell in the back on April 4. They later marched a few blocks to the Zion Police Department.

Earlier this week, the Lake County coroner ruled the shooting a homicide, but authorities are still determining whether it was justified.

Police have said the teen tried to buy a gun and was running from an officer when he was shot. The Lake County Major Crimes Taskforce is leading the investigation. Pending the outcome, Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim will decide if charges will be filed.

“This young man was executed,” said community activist Al Rogers. “We'll wait peacefully for the investigation but clearly as we saw in Baltimore, it doesn’t take that long.”

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