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2 teens charged with murder in fatal shooting near Senn High School


Chicago police officials announced Wednesday that two boys, ages 14 and 17, have been charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting outside a North Side high school last month that left one student dead and two others injured.

Around 4 p.m. on Jan. 31, 16-year-old Daveon Gibson was walking with two other Senn High School students in the 1200 block of West Thorndale. Several shooters got out of the vehicle and opened fire. Gibson, who lived in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, was pronounced dead a short time later, and two other victims also suffered gunshot wounds.

Both teenage suspects were arrested Wednesday in the Uptown neighborhood after CPD detectives used surveillance footage to track the stolen Honda CRV used in the shooting, according to police. Both were scheduled to make an initial appearance in Cook County Juvenile Court on Wednesday.

Both teens were charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to police. The 14-year-old was also charged with two counts of aggravated battery/discharge with a firearm.

“We were determined to achieve justice in this case,” Inspector Larry Snelling, flanked by detectives on the case, said at a news conference at CPD headquarters. “We did this for the two surviving victims and the family of the young man who lost his life. I also want to thank the community members who have come forward with information that has helped us throughout this information. As the police, we cannot do this alone. “It always helps to get help from the community, and they stepped up to the plate.”

CPD chief of detectives Antoinette Ursitti said the two suspects were not Senn students, but that the shooting followed an “argument” between the groups.

A day after the shooting, about 50 people attended a memorial ceremony near the school.

Peg Dublin did not witness the shooting, but she told the crowd how her daughter-in-law, who lives nearby, held Daveon in her arms as he lay dying after he was shot. Dublin said his daughter-in-law was “not doing well” and was still reeling from the tragedy.

“He held her in his arms until he died, and she will never be the same again, just like the family will never be the same again.” Dublin he said at the watch.

Mourners gather for a memorial service for Daveon Gibson on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, near Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago. Gibson, a student at the school, was shot along with two other students after leaving school the previous day. Gibson died as a result of his injuries. (Vincent Alban/Chicago Tribune)

Less than a week before Senn was shot, Two more teens shot dead outside a high school in the Loop.

Police previously said the two victims were among a group on Wabash Boulevard when gunmen got out of the vehicle and opened fire. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the two victims as 17-year-old Monterio Williams and 16-year-old Robert Boston, both from the Near West Side neighborhood. No charges were filed for their murders.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Board of Education is preparing to introduce a resolution this week that would remove school resource officers from CPS facilities.

When asked about the possibility of eliminating SROs, Snelling acknowledged that the decision rests with the board of education.

“Whatever decision is made there, it is not a reflection of the great work our police officers do in guiding kids in schools,” Snelling said. “These officers are trained to work in schools. “So if these officers are removed from schools, CPD will continue to do what we have always done: Protect our children, protect the streets.”

Chicago Tribune’s Alysa Guffey contributed.


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