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Man charged with conspiring to avenge brother’s death

Tyrone Kirkman

Tyrone Kirkman

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Updated: July 15, 2013 7:07PM

Tyrone Kirkman was frustrated that detectives were taking too long in solving his younger brother’s Humboldt Park murder nearly three weeks ago.

So he started plotting to gun down those he felt were responsible and even showed off a friend’s .357 revolver at his sibling’s funeral, saying that someone had to “pay,” Cook County prosecutors said.

Kirkman, 27, was allegedly caught on video and audio discussing how he personally wanted to kill the man he thought “controlled the boys” in a drug turf war that he said claimed the life of 22-year-old Tevin Kirkman.

The elder Kirkman was mad that not everyone was as enthusiastic to avenge his brother’s May 24 death in the 1100 block of North Lawndale Avenue, Assistant State’s Attorney Christy Brewer said Wednesday.

He repeatedly discussed what type of weapon he needed to do to the job and had said how he had tried to kill his main target before but failed, Brewer said.

According to Tyrone Kirkman, “if he killed [the main target] …he would kill the top, which would ‘weaken the body,’” Brewer said.

Tyrone Kirkman, who goes by the nickname “Bay Bay,” was arrested on Tuesday after he took a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun from an undercover officer with the intention to retaliate, a police report said.

After the West Side father of five appeared in court Wednesday, his family and friends defended him, saying that he was in a fragile state of mind.

“All of us make statements we shouldn’t make,” said one woman, who didn’t want her name used.

“He just lost his brother…He may have had arrests for drugs but he’s not a killer.”

Tyrone Kirkman, of the 3800 block of West Lexington, was ordered held in lieu of $900,000 bail for conspiracy to commit murder.

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