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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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mike November 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I think that is very ignorant of someone to say they don't feel sorry for a deceased minor. What find of monster are you. No one deserves to die, especially a child. No matter if his parents were neglectful. He has only done what he was taught. #Loser
12duce! November 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I tell u what for zelle n Cortez it's best that they stay in jail bcuz if their released they will be dead in a week from that day, so it's best they stay in. Now run tell that!
Ginger November 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Or what "12duce" you or one of your home boys are gonna shoot them? Get a life. Better yet, get educated and learn the English language. "Now run tell that!" I mean...what??? Disgusting.
Ginger November 19, 2012 at 09:25 PM
You should be water boarded for this comment, or worse. Maybe they should also free Charles Manson. Idiot.
Ginger November 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Yes! Free your "Lil Mans Zelly and Cortez." Great idea! And maybe after we free them they can rob, shoot, and participate in more illegal activities. Please...do something constructive with your life like join the military or get an education. Your ghetto babble and ignorance is plain stupid.
John62Boy November 20, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Plz, keep me informed
Chief Girl November 20, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Zelly looked like Chief Keef , he was a sweet boy TO ME ! I never thought he would mess up his life like this ... Smh he was so fine
Chief Girl November 20, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Im gone miss his CHOCOLATE SELF
Az November 21, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Who is John62boy? You speak as you know my nephew? He was just a kid moving through this place we call life !
John62Boy November 21, 2012 at 02:52 PM
It is very sad that a young preson died! But do we know how he really lived? To make judgements without all the unknown facts and unknown answers to the questions that have not been answered. We leave ourselves open to pain and despair assocated with finding out the unknown truth. Please, give this a good read. (THE FOLLOWING).... This Article speaks as if the person die as a victim (Yes) he was of is own circumstances. Lets look into the part he played. Why was he there? Mikah Darko, was from Chicago,IL and he being made out to be a innocent victim. There are three(3) other youths that are from (Chicago) allegedly charged with(Unlawful Sale or Delivery of a Firearm) and (Mob Action) all live in the same area; " so this is not that where someone happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is nothing more than a (GUN SALE) gone bad. If, Mikah Darko, was still here with us he to like those other teens would have been charged and arrested by the Police. So,there are still unanswered questions as to the whole part Mikah Darko, played into is own death. Please, hold out until the all evidence has been intered and the unknown questions have been answered. THANK YOU !!! for your reading and your comments...
babytalk November 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Zelly and Cortez my heart go out to you and your families, I'm so sorry you guys got caught up in this situation I've known both of you guys for sometime now you were very respectful young men what happened? I will be praying for you guys!!!
demog November 22, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Thats crazy how Cortez n zelly through away they life like dat but ona other hand sorry for the lost
John62Boy November 22, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I speak, as and adult being a wayward (Teen) finding my way through life. I have bent a few corners and know how hard it can be as a (Teen) to find your place in this life. Even as an adult we make bad choice's and hope it wouldnt be the one choice or choice's that cause pain for self,others and loved one's. But, it teaches us either how to be responsible or irresponsible by our choice's. So, to those teens i will be praying for your deliverance.... THANK YOU!!! For your time in reading and your comments... AND TO ALL HAVE A SAFE AN HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!
chicago heightssss November 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM
(CHI-HTS )mannnnn im sorry for yall lost but FREE MY BAEEEEE CORTEZ HURST ! im not justifying watever he did but, hey its lifee FREE CORTEZ !
john doe November 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM
everyone deserves a second chance. no one truley knows wt happen but the guys that were there. its is sad and im sorry for your lost but were hurting too. we miss our family member weather there in the wrong or not. Everything happens for a reason but there all blessings. Free CORTEZ, we missing you !
broken heart November 26, 2012 at 05:51 AM
I have this to say my son was killef on a senseless act. Im very hurt and destroy its steel fresh to me lm not going to never faught anyones parenting we all know as well a child has his own mine at a certain age we only could guide them. Praying supporting them mentally financially spiritully and with the blink of an eye we could say what happen. Its not the parents im very unhappy life has change i feel empty brcause hes not here buy icant fault their parents satin gets threw our children i sympathize fot the mother of this child that was killed. I will pray for the familiy.and parents of all five victim
SharonC November 26, 2012 at 06:00 PM
wow i read all these comments...and its so sad...all the anger, hatred, etc...all i have to say is this...READ YOUR BIBLES..."THOU SHALL NOT KILL"....i am praying for all that was involved...and leave it in gods hands..he's the almighty..more powerful than anyone, attorneys, judges, etc...and no one can change that!!!!!! God bless all of you :)
Reese puff November 26, 2012 at 09:44 PM
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Diquan Ray November 27, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Free zelly
John62Boy November 28, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Sunshine36, every one arrested wasnt there when the (Gun Sale or Trade) took place and that is a fact.
John62Boy November 28, 2012 at 01:02 AM
the heights,when one speaks! It shouldnt never be out of turn. He or she then looks foolish. The remark as to the shooters thats plural mean more than one right, "but everyone arrested did not pull the trigger and or wasnt their ! (Get the Facts not Fiction as this Bolog wants you to (Believe).
John62Boy November 28, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Sunshine36, have you ever taken a life? If your answer is no (PLZ) do us a favor dont speak as to another persons thought process as to death. There's only (ONE that Sit's HIGH and Looks LOW. "That is (GOD) may you find him "NOW"!
John62Boy November 28, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Ginger, you express attitude and anger without a lot of for thought as to being adjective! In which leave's you (Babbling sound like and Idoit)! They are not charged with robber, its theft of a person. ("No matter what you may think")! Yes, the act it self was (Cold) and (Callous) which gose directly to there mentality. "No, not now or ever as a people do we want that thought process to go unchecked", "no not in any formal society"...... and for those young people! Who may think there actions where some how "ok"! " (You'll need some serious help and prayer.) "Dont let, what happen to them be apart of your future"! (May you find the help you need to change your life before being arrested and put in (Jail). "Thank you for your reading and your comments.
who cares December 02, 2012 at 12:35 AM
No keep zelly in there..I don't care if you miss him! I hope he never see another day of daylight! I'm sorry but this is how I feel..he doesn't deserve another chance..
who cares December 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
For the all the people talking bout free zelly screw YOU! For all I care you can be in there with him bastards
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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