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2 billed in killing of Chicago male hanging Christmas lights


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Two guys had been charged with murder and other felonies Friday in the December assaults on 14 men and women in Chicago, which include a male who was beaten to demise with a crowbar and baseball bat whilst hanging Xmas lights on his household.

Pedro Mendiola, 21, of Chicago, and Moises Barrios, 23, of Cicero, were charged with 1st-degree murder in the death of Jose Tellez and extra than two dozen counts of armed theft with a dangerous weapon, aggravated battery with a risky weapon, prison hurt to assets and other rates.

Chicago Police Superintendent Brown 

Chicago Police Superintendent Brown 
(Chicago Law enforcement Office)

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and Cook County State’s Lawyer Kim Foxx stated at a news conference that the 49-12 months-outdated Tellez was hanging lights on his house in the Gage Park neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Aspect the night of Dec. 11 when the two suspects attacked. The other 13 victims survived.

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Law enforcement explained the violence began all around 3:30 p.m. and ongoing right until 8 p.m., as they drove from the North Facet of the city to the South Side.

Foxx claimed Tellez “was executing what numerous of us were performing and should be envisioned to do for the duration of the vacations, hanging Xmas lights with his daughter just before currently being tragically and senselessly beaten to death.”

Chicago Police Department officer out on patrol.

Chicago Police Section officer out on patrol.
(Chicago Police Section)

Police claimed the two pulled up, grabbed the bat and crowbar, and climbed out of the car or truck.

“They made the decision they had been heading to goal him and rob him as well,” stated Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan. “And… the daughter listened to the screams and saw out the window what was happening and tried out to get her brother to support but by that time the defendants had previously overwhelmed him to death and fled the scene.”

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Deenihan explained that Barrios was arrested the exact same working day on suspicion of committing a single of the robberies. But immediately after his arrest, police observed in what they believed was the auto he and Mendiola were driving. Within the automobile, they recovered a crowbar and baseball bat they suspect ended up utilised in the assaults.

(Chicago Law enforcement Division)

The suspects were being joined to the crimes with the help of DNA evidence and fingerprints from the weapons as very well as surveillance online video and license plate identification technology, Deenihan explained.

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Mendiola and Barrios were being anticipated to surface in bond court docket on Friday afternoon.

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