decolbie esco

February 6, 2017

On August 24, 2012, DeColbie “Coby” Esco Sr. was out with friends on the north side of Chicago, Illinois. As the group of friends exited a bus on Western Ave. they were approached by a Hispanic male demanding to know what gang they were with.

Coby and his friends explained that they were not in a gang and continued on their way. Before they knew what was going on the friends were attacked by a group of individuals that had been sitting in a parked van nearby. Once the altercation ended Coby helped an injured friend to his house close by and waited until he felt safe to get back on a bus and head home. As Coby and a friend made their way eastbound on Foster, headed to Western Ave the group of men involved in the previous altercation pulled up in multiple cars and began chasing Coby and his friend. The two friends became separated and Coby ran towards help  he was struck and dragged for several blocks, by the vehicle chasing him. Despite being featured on Crime Stoppers Case Files – Chicago, no one has identified the individuals involved and investigators need the public’s help to solve this case.

Coby was a 30-year-old father of one when he was purposely run down by individuals in the Lincoln Square area of Chicago. He was also a friend, brother and son. Coby grew up in on Southside of Chicago where trouble was easy to find. As a young teen Coby got into some of that trouble, but with the support and help of his mother Coby shifted his focus to school and football. Coby went on to graduate high school and accept a scholarship to play football for Wingate University. After graduating from college Coby went back to the Chicago to work with young people growing up in his old neighborhood. Coby dedicated his life to giving back and helping. Coby was employed by One Hope United in the child development center when he was killed. Coby’s mom continues to push for answers and justice in her son’s case and has created a Facebook page, Coby Esco “I WAS HERE”, to keep his memory alive. She also shared her grief journey in the book, Grief Diaries: Project Cold Case.

If you have any information on the unsolved murder of Coby Esco Sr. please call the Investigator Robert Nunn at the Chicago Police Department at  (312) 742-8714 or (312) 742-8715. To remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a $1,000 reward, call Cook County Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 535-STOP.


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