2 men convicted in teen boy’s 2011 shooting death
BY MITCHELL ARMENTROUT Staff Reporter January 28, 2014 5:06PM
Jamal Streeter / photo from Chicago police
Updated: January 28, 2014 5:07PM
Two men have been convicted in the 2011 shooting death of a 13-year-old boy who was caught in the middle of gang gunfire while playing basketball in a Bronzeville neighborhood park.
Aramis Beachem, 24, and Jamal Streeter, 21, were both convicted of first-degree murder Monday for the 2011 death of Darius Brown, according to a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
The third man charged in Brown’s murder, 20-year-old Vito Richmond, is awaiting trial, the statement said.
Brown was playing basketball at Metcalfe Park in the 4200 block of South State Street about 5 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2011, when Beachem, Streeter, Richmond and a fourth person who was not charged pulled up in two separate vehicles when shots were fired at rival gang members, prosecutors said.
Brown was shot in the back and taken to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead several hours later, police said at the time.
Other people in the park dived to the ground when the vehicle pulled up and a man inside opened fire with a handgun.
None of them thought Darius — the park’s best player — was the intended target.
“I can’t believe this,” Devonte Grant, a friend of Brown, said at the time. “He was like a little brother to all of us.”
The shooting was the result of an ongoing gang war between rival Gangster Disciple factions, police said at the time.
Keith Daniels, an informant in the case who helped lead investigators to Beachem and Streeter, was himself gunned down by an escaped parolee in April 2013 after Daniels was revealed as an informant in unsealed federal court documents.
Streeter was convicted after a jury trial, while Beachem was convicted by Judge Vincent Gaughan during a bench trial. Both could face up to 60 years in prison, the state’s attorney’s office said.