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Alleged Gangster Disciple charged in murder of boy, 13, at Uptown pizzeria

Andre Alejandro 22 1400 block West Chase Avenue was charged early Wednesday with first degree murder. / Chicago Police.

Andre Alejandro, 22, of the 1400 block of West Chase Avenue was charged early Wednesday with first degree murder. / Chicago Police.

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Updated: May 30, 2012 6:17PM

Four years ago, Andre Alejandro and his friends severely beat a rival at an Uptown pizzeria, sending the victim to the hospital for nearly 50 stitches.

When the purported Gangster Disciple fired shots inside the same establishment early Tuesday morning, a 13-year-old boy ended up dead, Cook County prosecutors said.

Alejandro, 22, was ordered held without bail Wednesday for Ivan Alanis’ murder. Ivan was eating pizza when he was shot in the mouth as he ate at Laurie’s, in the 5100 block of North Broadway, his sister Blanca said Wednesday, adding that her slain brother was not in a gang.

Another sister, who was with a male acquaintance, was at his side when he was gunned down.

Alejandro thought the trio were rival gang members, and after exchanging words and flashing gang signs with one of them through the door, he fired three times at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, striking Ivan, assistant state’s attorney Angela Carlisle said.

Alejandro, who was with a friend, was caught on the pizzeria’s surveillance camera shooting the gun from the doorway and admitted to police he threw the weapon in a gangway, Carlisle said. He was arrested at a traffic stop a few hours after the murder, according to a police report

Alejandro, of the 1400 block of West Chase, has two prior felony convictions, including an aggravated battery for the 2008 gang-related assault at Laurie’s.

The father of a 2-year-old also has a felony drug conviction and misdemeanor convictions for possession of cannabis and reckless conduct.

Alejandro is currently a student at Truman College where he is studying to be an automotive technician, assistant public defender Brendan Max said.

Alejandro’s relatives refused comment following the bond hearing before Judge Edward Harmening.

Ivan’s family was not in court but the boy’s sister-in-law told the Sun-Times Tuesday that he was an 8th grader at Armstrong Elementary School and had eight siblings.
“He was a nice boy, he was just a really nice boy,” Jennifer Montes said. “He was into soccer. He was so young to die. He was the baby” of the family.

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