An attempted robbery in Chicago has resulted in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy. The teenager was shot in the chest by robbers on Saturday afternoon in Chicago's South Side neighborhood. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Deceased Teen Was Defending His Brother
The fatally wounded boy was on his way to basketball practice with his twin brother when four people approached them. According to authorities, one of the boys was attacked. When the second boy came to his brother's aid the attackers discharged a firearm into his chest. Minutes later, the boy who came to his brother's assistance was pronounced dead.
Thus far, authorities have taken four teenagers into custody, whom they suspect committed the attack. One, who was arrested approximately one hour after the events transpired, is a 17-year-old boy. He has been charged with murder as an adult, robbery with a firearm and attempted robbery with a firearm. The other three teens, two 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old, were taken into custody on Sunday, but as of Monday morning, the charges had not yet been announced.
Killed 3 Days Before His 16th Birthday
The boy who died was a tenth grader at a local college preparatory school. The school's principal said that it was a grave tragedy the boy was killed only three days before he turned sixteen. The prep school is currently putting together an Internet link that people can use to donate funds to help his family pay for end of life expenses and other costs that have arisen from the incident. The school will also be offering support services for fellow students and staff from the school.
Prosecutors in Illinois will no doubt pursue the gravest penalties possible for the accused teenagers, once all of their charges have been finalized. The parents of the teen who died may also have viable civil claims for wrongful death against the attackers. The parents may also wish to investigate where the incident occurred and whether or not a premises liability claim will be appropriate in this case.
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