A 15-year-old Chicago teen died protecting his identical brother Saturday (Dec. 13). Demario Bailey was walking his brother, Demacio, to basketball practice when they encountered a group of four teens trying to rob them for a jacket.
Demacio was killed after he tried to get the robbers off his brother. He was shot once in the chest.
Reports the Chicago Tribune:
Charges have been filed against three more suspects in the slaying of 15-year-old Demario Bailey, who was shot to death while coming to the aid of his twin brother when the two were robbed on their way to basketball practice, police said.
The three — two of them 17 and one just turned 16 — were charged Monday afternoon as adults with first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a firearm and robbery, according to a police statement. Deafro Brakes, 17, his brother Tarik Brakes, 16, and Isiah Penn, 17, were expected to appear in Cook County bond court on Tuesday.
A fourth suspect was charged over the weekend with the Saturday afternoon shooting in a viaduct at 63rd and State streets. Carlos Johnson, 17, was ordered held without bail during a hearing Monday.
The four are accused of approaching Demario and his brother Demacio after the brothers got off the No. 29/State Street bus around 12:30 p.m. and were walking to Johnson College Prep, where Demacio was going to play basketball, according to prosecutors and police.
The robbers told the brothers to “give it up” and started going through their pockets, authorities said. There was a struggle and Demario yelled at the robbers, “Get off my brother,” and pushed Johnson away, police said. One of the robbers pulled a gun and shot Demario in the chest, they said.
Demario played in a school game two days after his brother’s death as tribute to the slain teen. The boy told his mother that he’s going to “live for his brother.”
A memorial fund has been started for Demacio.
Photo: Demracio Bailey Memorial Fund