Rogers Park killer still at large, police ask for public's help with ongoing investigation

CHICAGO (WLS) -- One year after two random killings in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, police are appealing to the public for help catching the killer.

The shootings took place in two days, and the same masked man in suspected in both.

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One year after the murders and one day after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, police still have no answers. Police said they reviewed hundreds of hours of video, photos and witness accounts in the past year.

"We've exhausted all active and actionable leads, and again are asking for public assistance," said Commander Robert Cesario, Area North Detectives.

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A gunman murdered Eliyahu Moscowitz as he walked the path in Loyola Park just after 10 p.m. on October 1, 2018. The day before, on September 30, police believe the same man shot and killed 72-year-old Douglass Watts in Rogers Park.

Police believe the killer was captured on surveillance video just moments after the first murder. They also believe both men were killed at random.

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"We know there is someone out there who has innocuous information that will help us get the kickstart this investigation needs," Cesario said.

The murders paralyzed Rogers Park residents for months. Police tracked the gun, which was used in other crimes, but police do not believe those were connected to the Rogers Park murders. As far as investigators know, the suspect has never struck again.

"Even if he's caught, it won't bring our son back but it will bring us some solace and comfort to know that people are safe," Rabbi Mendel Moscowitz, the second victim's father, said last year.

Now, as the second year since his death begins, his family and the faith community hope police work may finally bring them some peace.

There is still a $150,000 reward available for information

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