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Man held on $1.5 million bond for allegedly killing aspiring chef

Arcadio Davila. Pho/ Chicago Police

Arcadio Davila. Photo / Chicago Police

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Updated: March 6, 2013 3:36PM

A Jefferson Park man was ordered held in lieu of $1.5 million bail Wednesday for allegedly murdering an aspiring chef and injuring another man last summer.

Arcadio Davila was questioned following the Aug. 3rd incident and even though the surviving victim allegedly recognized him at the time of the shooting, Davila was never charged with any crime, Cook County prosecutors said.

However, earlier this week, Davila was arrested at his home and charged with murder and attempted murder, assistant state’s attorney Melissa Samp said, failing to elaborate on the delay that assistant public defender Marijane Placek noted.

Davila , of the 5100 block of North Lovejoy, is accused of gunning down Richard “Ricky” Ramon Pike as Pike and a friend were driving to Pike’s home in Logan Square.

Davila drove up to Pike’s Geo Prism in the 2100 block of North St. Louis and exclaimed, “What’s up?” before allegedly firing six to 10 shots at the two men, Samp said.

Pike’s friend said before he ducked down and was shot in the fingers, he saw Davila and recognized him as someone from school, Samp said. The 25-year-old man also identified Davila in a physical line-up, Samp said.

Pike, 24, died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Davila, 24, has a previous burglary conviction and was arrested earlier this year for reckless conduct.

Pike was a good friend of Francisco “Frankie” Valencia, a gifted DePaul student who was killed at a Logan Square Halloween party in 2009.

After Pike’s death, Chicago Citizens for Change, a group founded by Valencia’s family, posted fliers throughout the neighborhood, describing Pike as a “chef and college student.”

Pike’s parents weren’t at Wednesday’s bond hearing but Valencia’s mom’s partner, Siu Moy read a statement on their behalf afterward.

“It is a relief that he [Davila] is off the streets and cannot do this to anyone’s else’s family. With our broken hearts we must go on and honor Ricky’s memory….,” Moy said.

Moy said Pike and Valencia played softball and went to Lincoln Park High School together.

“This is too close to home,” Moy said. “It brings back good memories but it brings back the bad memories also for us. We’re here to support Ricky’s family because they are like our family too.”

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