There have been two arrests in the case of Terrance "Jawan" Wright, the 18-year-old Chicago high school student was shot and killed two weeks ago in what police have described as a "routine robbery". The family disagrees and believe the teen was killed because he was gay.
The two teenage suspects were arrested over the weekend. The mother of the suspected gunman—who is only 14-years-old—turned him into police, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Jarone Carter, 16, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, said Andrew Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. A 14-year-old boy has also been charged with the murder but his name has not been released because he is being tried as a juvenile.
According to a police report, the 14-year-old boy was identified as the suspected gunman who shot Wright and caused his death. The 14-year-old boy's mother directed police to the boy who was arrested Sunday morning in his bedroom, according to police.
The tragic incident happened on Friday, October 19 outside Banner Academy on the city's far South Side. Wright was approached by five would-be robbers. He fought back and was shot in the chest, according to police reports.
The family wants the assault and homicide investigated as a hate crime. Wright had transferred to the high school last year after his family says he was" relentlessly" bullied at his previous school. They say the young man could not escape the bullies. "They had to kill my cousin because he was gay. That’s crazy," said Kenyatta Rogers.
"Since 2008, more than 530 youth have been killed in Chicago," according to The Chicago Reporter. "Nearly 80 percent of the homicides have occurred" in Black or Latinos neighborhoods on the South or West Sides.
The older suspect is scheduled to appear in a bond hearing today. The 14-year-old will reportedly appear in Juvenile Court on November 13.
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