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Police Say They Have No Motive in Targeted Murder of Recent College Grad

Witnesses and suspects are being sought in the killing of Kyle Watt, who was shot in his car at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Update, posted at 7:50 p.m. Friday:

say they have no suspects and no motive in what appears to be a targeted killing of a 23-year-man Thursday night on the city's East Side.

Detective Sgt. Scott Nicodemus said Kyle Watt was sitting in his car in the 300 block of Wilson Street at about 9:30 p.m., speaking to someone outside of his car, when a gunman fired numerous shots into the vehicle in what is believed to be a "premeditated" attack. 

Watt, of the 400 block of Elmwood Street, was initially taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, and later transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was declared dead at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Nicodemus declined to say how many shots were fired at Watt, how many struck him or what caliber gun was used.

Watt was not a gang member or a drug dealer, and they do not know why someone would want to kill him, Nicodemus said.

According to Watt's Facebook page, he graduated from Joliet Central High School in 2007, Joliet Junior College in 2010 and Governors State University in 2012. His profile at linkedin.com says his degree was in criminal justice and corrections and he was employed as a security officer at A&R Security, based in Lombard, a job he started in July 2012.

Prior to that, he worked for Home Depot for almost four years as a forklift operator.

In the "about" section of his Facebook page, he wrote "I just wanna be successful."

Dozens of messages posted by friends and family on his page offered memories and condolences.

Among them: "It's a shame i never got a chance to tell you that you set an example for me. After seeing your progress, I knew I could go back to school, I could take care of my kids, I could go after what I wanted. We had alot of laughing days, and Im going to miss that."

This is the city's third murder in as many weeks. , 54, of Crest Hill, man was shot and killed while sitting in his car in the parking lot of Wendy's at Jefferson and Center streets on Aug. 1. , 39, of Lockport, was shot on Aug. 10 outside the Team Joliet KO Zone, a boxing club/training gym on Cass Street that he co-owned.

While the former case remains unsolved, McGinn's KO Zone business partner Jermain Bennett has been arrested for setting up a false drug purchase in which he and other suspects allegedly robbed and killed McGinn.

Police are seeking suspects and witnesses in the case, Nicodeumus said. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Paul Rodriguez at 815-724-3088.


Original story, posted at about 1:45 p.m. Friday:

A man has died from wounds sustained in a shooting Thursday night on Joliet's East Side.

The Cook County Coroner's Office confirmed that an autopsy was being done this afternoon on Kyle Watt, 23, and that results would be available after 3 p.m.

Watt was shot in the 300 block of Wilson Avenue and he was pronounced dead at about 1:30 a.m. today at Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to a story in the Chicago Tribune.

Joliet Patch is awaiting more information from the .

Confirmation of Watt's death was on the man's Facebook page, where family and friends left messages and memories about Watts, who posted that he had graduated from Joliet Central High School in 2007, Joliet Junior College in 2011 and Governors State University in 2012.

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Tisha Jones August 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM
People need to wake up Joliet has gotten terrible within the last 25 years and people need to understand it is almost just like Detroit Michigan and Gary Indiana when Caterpillar moved and Com Ed messed up all of the jobs and started out sourcing positions the town went to hell. You got nice people getting killed there.
Dawn Aulet (Editor) August 19, 2012 at 06:03 AM
You cannot post comments with racial slurs. Even if you abbreviate them. Thank you.
Flora Dora August 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Do killers need an obvious motive? Someone could be jealous, feel wronged, or just angry.
Karen Sorensen (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Well, Flora, nine times out of 10 there is a motive, regardless of whether it seems reasonable or not to sane minds. I suppose the scarier thought is someone is randomly shooting people for no reason at at, but thankfully that is still exceptionally rare. Also, the approach in this particular case does seem calculated. Why deliberately shoot someone on a street where there's at least one witness when it would be far easier to pick someone at random and alone? I suppose the first question we always want to know is why; it's just human nature to want to explain behavior we think we are incapable of ourselves. What pushed them over the edge, right?
John Roberts August 20, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Gang members are told to make the news. Know what is means? They have to do something that gets into the news or themselves into the news. People need to wake up. Your dealing with a bunch of people who do not give a crap about your life. Your whole family will get robbed and killed anywhere not just Joliet.ride around and take a good long hard look at Joliet and what it is. You will see in an unarmed state where people know people are not allowed to carry guns and shoot back.there are a lot of victims...
Truth... embarrassed? April 07, 2014 at 09:15 PM
Karen, yes there is a motive but the guy who did so also shoots at random and has a history! We meaning (family, friends) know who it was unfortunately there is no evidence! This experience I do not believe "innocent until proven guilty" this guy (shooter) I also believe to be jealous of our dear Kyle, who wouldn't want to be him... So smart, nice, educated, and knew how important education was, trying to change the east of Joliet, but now the witnesses and girl who set him up who won't come forward, in my opinion you lost your chance of change. Happy?

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