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Prosecutors: Man killed because shooter couldn’t catch victim’s cousin

Updated: August 14, 2013 5:06PM

Melvin Hoskins had a beef with someone.

But because Hoskins couldn’t “catch” and confront that person, the West Side man shot and killed his rival’s cousin instead, Cook County prosecutors said.

Edward Jackson, 30, told Hoskins and Hoskins’ two friends that he didn’t want any trouble when trio approached him and told him they had a problem with his cousin on June 19, Assistant State’s Attorney Christy Brewer said.

Jackson, who was standing with a group in the 5700 block of West Potomac, even walked away, Brewer said.

A witness said Jackson told the trio that he “did not gang bang and was going home,” according to a police report.

One of the men Hoskins was with handed him a gun and Hoskins followed Jackson before shooting him, Brewer said.

Two witnesses saw Hoskins open fire before he fleeing, Brewer said.

The next day when one of the witnesses asked him why he shot Jackson, Hoskins allegedly said he fired because “he could not catch the victim’s cousin.”

Hoskins, 25, of the 1300 block of North Central Avenue, was ordered held without bail Wednesday for first-degree murder.


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