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Anita Alvarez
Cook County State's Attorney
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Chicago, IL 60602
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January 28, 2014

Cook County Prosecutors Secure Convictions For Murder
Of 13-year-old Boy Shot In Gang Fire At A Chicago Park

Two gang members have been convicted in the murder of a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed in rival gang gunfire as the child played basketball at a crowded Chicago park in 2011, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Jamal Streeter, 21, and Aramis Beachem, 24, both of Chicago, were convicted of First Degree Murder in the slaying of Darius Brown, as the child played basketball at Metcalfe Park on the city’s South Side. 

According to prosecutors, in the early evening hours of Aug. 3, 2011, the two defendants, along with Vito Richmond, 20, and an uncharged co-offender, drove to the park located at 4200 S. State in two separate cars armed with handguns with the intention of shooting rival gang members. 

According to prosecutors, prior to leaving for the park, Beachem gave Streeter a .45 caliber handgun and the uncharged co-offender drove Streeter and Richmond to the park in a dark colored Dodge Charger.  Beachem followed behind them in a white Nissan Altima.  Prosecutors said at least nine shots were fired from the passenger side of the Dodge Charger when the defendants arrived at the park. 

At the time of the shooting, Brown was playing basketball with others at the park and he was struck by a bullet in the back.  He later died at the hospital due to the gunshot wound.  According to police, the shooting was the result of an ongoing gang war between rival Gangster Disciple gang factions.

Both defendants were convicted late Monday night after trials at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.  Streeter was convicted by a jury and Beachem was convicted by Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan after a bench trial.  Both defendants face up to 60 years in prison when they are sentenced.

Richmond, the third defendant charged in this case, is awaiting trial. 

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Eugene Wood, William Bruce and Gerardo Tristan as well as the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.


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