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09/11/2013 11:23 am ET Updated Sep 11, 2013

Cardereon Priester, 21-Year-Old Man, Shot Dead Near Evanston Township High School

A 21-year-old Evanston man is dead after police say he was shot to death Tuesday night roughly one block from Evanston Township High School.

Cardereon Priester was found lying face down outside his home in the 1700 block of Leland Avenue just after 11 p.m., the Sun-Times reports.

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Officials say Priester, who was a graduate of the nearby high school, was shot in the head and taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead less than half an hour later. As of Wednesday morning, an Evanston police spokesman told HuffPost there were no new details since Tuesday as the investigation was "still pretty fresh."

The spokesman confirmed Priester was "known to police" and had a prior criminal history. City records indicate Priester was charged with residential burglary in March of 2012.

"He always had a smile. He was a good kid, a really fun person to be around," Priester's cousin, Shaquill Green, told NBC Chicago. Green said he wasn't aware of any recent disputes involving Priester and that his cousin had no gang ties.

Prieister was the father of a newborn girl and was expecting another child, too, according to Green.

"He was going to be the main man in his daughter's life," Green said.

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