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Illinois police re-examine 1994 teen murder case

Schaumberg, Ill., police say they are looking for this suspect in the 1994 shooting death of Kevin Toma.

Schaumburg Police via CBS Chicago

SCHAUMBERG, Ill. -- Twenty years after a suburban Illinois teen was shot dead outside a dance club, investigators are revisiting the unsolved case and asking for the public's help, reports CBS Chicago.

Kevin Toma, of Glendale Heights, Ill., was killed at about 1 a.m. Nov. 5, 1994, while he was standing outside the rear exit of TOTO's teen dance club, in Schaumburg, Ill., police said.

Toma, 15, was talking to friends when three gunshots came rang out. He was shot twice and later died at a nearby hospital.

The investigation revealed that the shooter was with two other men, and that they may have had a confrontation with a TOTO's employee before the shooting, police said.

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Police say a Cadillac like this one may have been used in the 1994 murder of Kevin Toma.
Schaumburg Police via CBS Chicago

Schaumburg police on Thursday released sketches of the suspects and an image of a car similar to the Cadillac tied to the crime.

"The Schaumburg Police Department firmly believes that somebody has information or knowledge about this murder," the department said in a statement.

Two detectives who have never before worked on the case are reviewing all reports, statements and evidence collected, in the hopes of turning up new leads, police said.

Toma, an honors student, was described by friends and teachers as a bright, friendly person, who was looking forward to the wrestling season at Glenbard North High School, the Chicago Sun-Times reported following his death.

At the time, police described the suspected shooter as an 18 to 19-year-old Hispanic man, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, 150 pounds with a dark complexion.

He had a thin mustache, possibly worn in a "Fu Manchu" style, and was wearing a green, blue and white plaid flannel shirt with a light colored, long-sleeved thermal undershirt underneath.

He was with two other Hispanic men in their late teens, possibly in a "very clean" silver or platinum four-door Cadillac, police said. The car is believed to be a 1986 to 1988 model year with a dark or blue canvas-style mock convertible top, "5-Star" style wheels with five spokes and white wall tires.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (847) 348-7055 or email investigations@ci.schaumburg.il.us.