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Chicago man ordered held without bail in fatal shooting in June

by Geoff Ziezulewicz

Tribune reporter

9:12 PM CDT, August 25, 2013

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A Chicago man was ordered held without bond Sunday in the fatal shooting of a man in June.

Adam Holderbaum, 27, of the 3400 block of South Claremont Avenue, faces a first-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of Eduardo Venagas, 18, on June 23, according to Cook County Bond Court documents.

Holderbaum also faces attempted first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm charges in the incident, which took place about 11:30 p.m. in the 3300 block of South Bell Avenue in McKinley Park, about a block from Venagas' home, according to court records.

That evening, Holderbaum and two other males approached Venagas and a 22-year-old who was with him, Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Pillsbury said.

Holderbaum held a gun and began yelling at Venagas about a problem with Holderbaum's cousin, Pillsbury said.

He shot Venagas in the abdomen, Pillsbury said, then took aim at the other man. Holderbaum fired at the second man but missed him because the victim flung himself to the ground, Pillsbury said.

Holderbaum then shot Venagas in the back and shoulder before he fled with the other two males, Pillsbury said.

Venagas was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, she said.

The second victim identified Holderbaum in a photo array and a physical lineup, Pillsbury said.

A witness who knows Holderbaum and was present at the shooting also identified him as Venagas' killer, she said.

Holderbaum was arrested Saturday, police said.

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