A 14-year-old boy has been charged in the slaying of a 17-year-old boy who was shot and killed as he walked to his grandmother's South Side home earlier this week, police said.
Charges were brought about 6:15 a.m., said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. Dejuan Jackson, 17, was killed Wednesday evening less than a block from his home as he walked in the 4000 block of South Lake Park Avenue in the Oakland neighborhood.
The boy, a juvenile whom police are not naming because he has been cited as a juvenile, faces charges of first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. He had been expected to appear in Cook County Central Bond Court today, but did not, prosecutors said. Juveniles age 13 and 14 charged with murder usually are transferred to adult court for prosecution following a hearing, while those age 15 to 17 can be charged as adults and automatically transferred to adult court, according to the Cook County Public Defender's office.
Jackson was walking with several friends around 7 p.m. Wednesday when someone opened fire and he was hit several times, including in the head, authorities said. Jackson was declared dead at 7:58 p.m. Wednesday at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
An autopsy Thursday determined Jackson died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office.
Jackson had been headed to the home of his grandmother, who lives nearby, police said.
"He was an outgoing kid," said a cousin, who asked not to be named. "He liked to shop, go to the mall, just hang out with his friends. He wasn't in a gang."
The oldest of three boys, Jackson spent most of his free time with close friends he grew up with, his family said. The group spent afternoons at nearby Mandrake Park.
The victim's friends told his family he wasn't the intended target, his cousin said.
"I don't know who he was with, but they're just like him," she said. "They (aren't) into gangs."
Jackson had no apparent gang ties, police said.Copyright © 2015, CT Now