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Five Teens Charged in Shooting Death of 17-Year-Old

Four of the teens have been issued a Class X felony charge, which can carry a 30-year prison sentence.

Police have arrested and charged five teenagers after a Chicago teen was shot and killed in a Chicago Heights park on Nov. 3. 

Mikah Darko, 17, of Chicago, was shot near 15th and Hanover streets and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Witnesses told police Darko was in the park when two men approached him and started shooting. 

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On Nov. 4, Chicago Heights police detectives and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force arrested four suspects in connection with the shooting. Police arrested two more suspects Nov. 5., and after further investigation five teens were issued a total of 18 charges.

  • Joshua A. Dean, 19, of the 12100 block of South Bishop in Chicago, was charged with armed violence, unlawful sale or delivery of a firearm and felony mob action. His bail was set at $300,000. 
  • Derrell J. Edwards, 18, of the 12100 block of South Bishop in Chicago, was charged with armed violence, unlawful use of a weapon by a gang member and felony mob action. His bail was set at $500,000. 
  • Otis M. Pruitt, 19, of the 12500 block of South Indiana Avenue in Chicago, was charged with unlawful sale or delivery of a firearm and felony mob action. His bail was set at $200,000. 
  • Cortez A. Hurst, 18, of the 1400 block of Center Avenue in Chicago Heights, was charged with armed violence, unlawful sale or delivery of a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm, theft from a person and felony mob action. His bail was set at $2,000,000. 
  • Rhonzell F. Ard, 17, of the 1400 block of Center Avenue in Chicago Heights, was charged with armed violence, unlawful sale or delivery of a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm, theft from a person and felony mob action. His bail was set at $2,000,000.

Police noted that an armed violence charge is considered a Class X felony in Illinois, which can carry a six- to 30-year prison sentence.  Police recovered five weapons, two of which were reported stolen. 

All five men are scheduled to appear in Markham Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 26.

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john jakeup jingle himmer SMITH December 03, 2012 at 05:11 PM
i could care less about wat chall think ! NOBODY KNO WAT HAPPENED FREE C O R T E Z !
robyn December 07, 2012 at 07:44 AM
If it so easy to take a life then they can stay locked up to end theirs own life . Everyone saying free them well then I want to say good morning to my nephew but I can't so who and what is going to free us from pain of a lost love one .
robyn December 08, 2012 at 03:51 AM
All I want is the family of the killers is to grow up and say something nice to the victim mother instead of staring in court like she did wrong because she wouldn't do or act like that she too much of a kind person she care for kids and do for them in and out of the community she always been down with it take a village to raise a child
John62Boy December 10, 2012 at 08:11 PM
You dont really know any facts or the people involved (Robyn). First of all, only one of the boys pulled the trigger and nobody at this point knows why. Again there are not charger in a (killing death). Now ask yourself why? So like i have said before wait on all the eviedence an facts. We do know that they have been incarcerated and charged with whatever crimes this (STATE) has or are going to file in this case at this point for over a (Month). So, as far as it being a (Shooting Death) it was but not as if it was a (Murder)... And one out of the five boys charged wasnt even there. There were things said in a open forum to the effect of saddness for there lose; as any parent should and could feel about anyones lose because it could have been there own child.
Yung livin Savage May 11, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Chief girl he aint mess his life up bro dem will be home

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