There are new developments after the 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.
Two teenagers remain behind bars and face first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and other charges. Detectives are searching for a third suspect.
The 14-year-old accused gunman is currently being held at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The 16-year-old accomplice is being tried as an adult and was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail, reports the Sun-Times. Prosecutors say Jarone Carter gave the younger suspect the weapon on the afternoon of October 19.
Wright had been waiting for the bus with 15 to 20 others students when Carter, the 14-year-old and another uncharged offender accosted him in the 9900 block of South Yates, [Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jamie Santini] said.
The 14-year-old allegedly pointed the weapon at Wright and demanded money while Carter, 16, stood watching. The 14-year-old and the uncharged co-offender tried to reach into Wright’s pockets, but Wright refused to give up his property and told the juvenile to get the gun out of his face, Santini said.
Wright punched the 14-year-old and tried to grab the gun but the gun went off during the struggle, a bullet piercing Wright’s chest, Santini said. After Wright fell to the ground, Carter allegedly demanded his gun back from the 14-year-old, who complied. The three culprits then fled.
The family wants the homicide investigated as a hate crime. Terrance Wright had transferred to Banner Academy on the city's far South Side last year after his family says he was "relentlessly" bullied at his previous school. Carter was also a student at Banner, according to reports. "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 14-year-old accused gunman will reportedly appear in Juvenile Court on November 13. Prosecutors have not announced if they want that suspect tried as an adult.