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A teenager has been charged with killing a boy in Humboldt Park, police say

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with homicide in the late October shooting death of 7-year-old Akeem Briscoe, Chicago police said Tuesday.

A teenager who police suspect was partially responsible for the killing was arrested Monday, Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference. A young boy was killed by a stray bullet that went through the window of his Humboldt Park home on October 26.

The boy was shot “in the bathroom while he was washing his hands, which should be one of the safest places for your child to be,” Brown said.

The bullet was fired during a fight between two groups in an alley near the boy’s home, CPD Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.

Police do not believe the gun was fired by a teenager who was 15 at the time of the shooting. Instead, they suspect he had a gun and then passed it to one of the two adults who fired the bullet that killed the 7-year-old, Deenihan said. Two adult suspects are in police custody, he added.

“We need to do a little more work on this case,” he said.

The teenager is charged with first-degree murder, Brown said.

The police also informed about the detention in October 24, pdeath of a 30-year-old man outside the Chicago Greyhound Bus Terminal.

Rodney Miller, 26, was arrested Monday by FBI agents in Alabama, Brown said. Authorities are awaiting first-degree murder charges before he is extradited to Chicago, Brown said.

“I hope these arrests send a very strong signal that no one can escape justice. We’ll find you,” Brown said. “I also hope that these arrests and these charges will bring some measure, some small measure of closure to the grieving families.”

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