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May 18, 2024

South Loop shooting leads to murder charge against 14-year-old

A 14-year-old boy was charged with murder Tuesday in a fatal shooting in the South Loop during a large gathering of teens last month, police said.

Jeremy Smith, 17, died after being shot about 8 p.m. March 2 in the 500 block of West Roosevelt Road, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which ruled the death a homicide. A 15-year-old boy was also shot and treated for a gunshot wound in his left leg, police said.

The 14-year-old boy was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and aggravated battery, police said. He’s scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

In the days after the shooting, police had taken another 14-year-old boy into custody, but he was released without being charged.

The shooting happened during a large gathering of teens organized via social media. Nine teens faced misdemeanor charges, including disorderly conduct, assault and obstructing a peace officer.

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