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2 charged in shooting death of man in Zion parking lot

Douglas Alexander Jamal B. Johnson

Douglas Alexander, Jamal B. Johnson

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Updated: June 28, 2013 6:40AM

Robbery appears to be the motive in the Zion murder last week of a man in a grocery store parking lot, according to police.

Two men were taken into custody on Saturday for the May 23 shooting death of Mutassem Ahmad Abdelaziz, 23, of Waukegan, who may have been lured to the lot outside of Aldi, 2861 Sheridan Road.

Jamal B. Johnson, 30, and Douglas Alexander, 21, both of Zion, have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held at the Lake County Jail on $5 million bail.

Abdelaziz, a native of Palestine, was shot in the head while sitting in the front seat of a vehicle in the supermarket parking lot, according to Zion Police, who arrived on the scene at about 4:35 p.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting gunfire.

Well known among people who frequented his family’s businesses, Abdelaziz, who lived at a North Side apartment complex off Lewis Avenue on Eagle Ridge Drive, worked at the family’s pawn shop on North Lewis Avenue, just south of Wadsworth Road in Beach Park.

He had also worked at a minimart at 23rd Street and Sheridan Road in Zion, now called Apu’s Market.

Johnson, according to police, lives in the 2100 block of Gideon Avenue. Alexander lives in the 2100 block of Hebron Avenue.

A friend of the Abdelaziz family, Clyde McLemore of Zion, said Abdelaziz’s body will be flown back to the Mideast for burial.

“His mother hadn’t seen him in years,” McLemore said.

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