University officials joined the Chicago Police Department at a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 28 held to announce the arrest of Eric Walker, 16, for the murder of graduate student Amadou Cisse and for armed robbery in connection with two related incidents.
“We are delighted with the cooperation of the Chicago Police Department in working on this case. The entire University of Chicago community is grateful for what they have done,” said Hank Webber, Vice President for Community and Government Affairs.
Webber detailed efforts by the University to expand police protection between 55th Street and 64th St. Coverage in the area has been increased by 14 squads during the nighttime hours to bring coverage to a total of 23 squads. He also pointed out that a new substation has been established at 61st Street and Drexel Avenue and added that a permanent campus police station will open there in May.
Rudolph Nimocks, Chief of the University Police, discussed some of the ways in which police departments cooperated to complete the arrest, including the University police providing a photograph of a car identified by two of the victims of one of the armed robbery incidents.
The arrest of a 16-year-old is also a tragic event, University officials pointed out.
Speaking at the press conference, held at police headquarters, were detectives involved in the investigation and Hiram Grau, Deputy Police Superintendent.
Grau said that Walker was charged as an adult with one count of first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery with a firearm in connection with Cisse’s murder, which occurred at 1:26 a.m. on Nov. 19 at 6120 S. Ellis Ave.
Walker also was charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm in connection with an incident in which two women were robbed at 924 E. 57th St. at 1:15 a.m. that morning. A third incident, for which Walker was charged with armed robbery with a firearm, occurred in connection with the robbery of a man in the 5300 block of S. Greenwood Avenue at about 1 a.m. that morning.
“Anytime there is a loss of life, tragedy is felt by all,” Grau said. “I want to extend the Police Department’s condolences to the family and friends of Amadou Cisse.
“The Woodlawn community and the University of Chicago campus community should take comfort in knowing that a dangerous offender is off the streets.”