By Jake Mazanke
The Cook County Crime stoppers have posted fliers across Rogers Park offering a reward for information about the 2014 murder of a Loyola University Chicago student.
Mutahir Rauf was a student at Loyola when on December 5, 2014 he was shot and killed on Albion Avenue, just blocks away from campus.
According to police, Rauf, 23, was walking with his brother when they were approached by two men who demanded their wallets at gunpoint. Reports said that Rauf seemed to believed that the gun was fake and tried to grab the gun from the attacker. The gun went off during the altercation, hitting Rauf, and both attackers fled the scene. Rauf’s brother survived the incident.
No arrests have been made in association with the murder.
Rauf was remembered by those close to him as a caring person who believed greatly in nonviolence.
“When being asked what kind of person Mutahir Rauf was, a few things cross my mind, the first is kindness,” said Rauf’s friend and recent Loyola graduate Austin Phelps. “He was the type of individual who would drop everything for the people he cared about.”
Since his death, Chicago and Loyola Police have investigated the shooting.
The Cook County Crime Stoppers are a branch of the Crime Stoppers USA program that aims to allow citizens to provide information, anonymously, that could aid the investigation of crimes. According to the Crime Stoppers USA website, information gained from the program has led to nearly seven hundred thousand arrests since it was founded in 1976.
The Loyola Student Dispatch attempted to contact the Cook County Crime Stoppers but it was unable to get any information about the fliers or the investigation.
Despite the investigations, Phelps is still stunned that Rauf’s attackers have still not been found.
“I understand that it is a matter of the law but I don’t feel closure and I know I am not the only one who feels that way,” Phelps said. “My hope is that those responsible will be brought to justice someday and Mutahir’s family can have closure as well.”
Those who have any information about this case should call the Cook County Police Department directly or call the Cook County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-535-7867.