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Two men convicted of fatal beating, burning and shooting

The last two of four people charged with beating, shooting, and running over a 15-year-old boy were found guilty Monday of murder.

Judge Maura Slattery-Boyle found Jovanny Martinez and Eric Ortiz guilty following a bench trial, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

Martinez, Ortiz, Edgar Silva and Alisa Campos have all been convicted in the May 2, 2009 murder of Alex Arellano, who also was lit on fire.

Arellano had traveled from the Southeast Side to visit girls he had met on a social networking site. He was walking with three girls to a friend’s house in the 3000 block of West 54th Place when he was twice confronted by neighborhood gang members.

They asked his gang affiliation and when he denied being a Latin King, the group beat him with bats. When he escaped, they chased him down the alley and beat him again, prosecutors said.

He escaped again and hid in a backyard of a foreclosed home. But when the group found him, they beat him again, shot him in the head, lit him on fire and left him in a gangway, prosecutors said.

Martinez, then 15, of the 3100 block of South Emerald Avenue, was picked up within minutes of the attack by Deering District officers responding to a call of a fight in the area, authorities said.


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