Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old student at Fenger High School was beaten to death Sept. 25, 2009 during a violent melee recorded on a video that has since brought national attention to the issue of youth violence. Witnesses said Derrion was near the Agape Community Center, 342 W. 111th St., when a group of teenagers walking east met up with a group coming from the west. The fight began, they said, with about 10 teenagers. By the time it was finished, witnesses and police said, more than 50 youths were involved. Police and witnesses say the melee was a culmination of a simmering rivalry between two groups of Fenger students, one that lived near the school and the other from the Altgeld Gardens housing development. Neighbors said the feud has been building since August, spilling across Roseland streets and, some say, into Fenger.
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