Two slain teenagers were among at least six people shot in Chicago from Friday afternoon through early Saturday.
According to DNAinfo Chicago, 14-year-old Rey Dorantes was sitting on the front porch of his family's home around 11:50 p.m. Friday in the 2400 block of West Augusta Boulevard in the Humboldt Park neighborhood when two males approached him and opened fire.
Rey, who would have celebrated his 15th birthday this Tuesday, died at the scene after he managed to take a few steps back inside the home, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Just four hours earlier, a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in the 2600 block of South Ridgeway Avenue in the city's Little Village neighborhood.
Victor Vega had been walking with another male when a male approached them and fired multiple shots around 6:40 p.m. Friday. Victor was taken to an area hospital where he died a half hour later, according to NBC Chicago.
While police said both shootings may have gang-related, Rey's family contests that claim. JoAnn Tenev, Rey's stepmother, told DNA that he was not affiliated with any gangs.
The Friday fatalities bring Chicago's homicide total so far this year to 21, according to the RedEye's homicide tracker. Last year, the city saw 40 homicides in January. At least four other people, all but one of them 17 or younger, were also wounded in shootings in Chicago since Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, D.C.-based Homicide Watch announced this week that they are partnering with the Chicago Sun-Times to launch a Chicago-centric edition of their site later this month.
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Crime In Chicago