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Man charged with killing boy, 15, blocks from Obama’s home

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Updated: October 30, 2013 12:03PM



A man has been charged with the slaying of 15-year-old Cornelius “Cornbread” German, gunned down following a dice game last April, just blocks from President Barack Obama’s Hyde Park home.

Kevin Culverson, 20, was charged with first-degree murder and is accused of killing the 15-year-old when he fired a handgun into a crowd about 9:40 p.m. on April 22, Chicago Police said early Wednesday.

Cornelius had been playing dice with friends in the backyard of a home in the 5000 block of South Evans when he was shot in the back, police and family said at the time.

What made his murder all the more heart-wrenching was that the boy’s parents were en route to pick him up when shots rang out, family members told the Sun-Times.

The boy was supposed to meet his mom and dad at a Walgreens by the corner of 51st and Cottage Grove. When he didn’t show, their apprehension shifted to grief, as police cars streamed into the area.

“I had this sinking gut feeling something wasn’t right,” said his mother, 42-year-old Timika Rutledge. “I saw a police officer. He said a little kid got shot. Somehow, I knew it was my baby. I went back there. I saw my baby on the ground in the grass. I saw his gym shoes and his jacket.”

Cornelius, of the 1000 block of West 51st, was pronounced dead at the scene -- roughly four blocks from Obama’s home in the 5000 block of South Greenwood.

The boy’s friends later told Rutledge that Cornelius was leaving the dice game in the backyard when he was shot and that he wasn’t the intended target, an account police could not confirm when the murder charge was announced.

Police said Cornelius was affiliated with a gang, which family members have denied, though they acknowledged he ran with an older, rougher crowd who were probably involved with gangs.

Culverson, of the 700 block of East 50th Place, is scheduled to appear in bond court on Wednesday. Police could not provide a motive for the shooting.

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