16-Year-Old Chicago Honor Student Derrion Albert Killed by Peers
With Chicagoans still in shock from last week’s beating death of a 16-year-old honor student, authorities are marshaling their efforts to ensure that students are safe.
As police seek answers in the murder of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert, Chicago Public School administrators are calling on law enforcement officials to do more to help curtail violence and gang activity in the city. "We will have extra resources in place tomorrow to ensure the safety of all students. CPS will have security personnel in place as well," Deputy Police Chief Joseph Patterson told The Chicago Sun Times Sunday.
Albert died after he was beaten in a melee involving a swarm of youths at Agape Community Center, 342 W. 111th St., Thursday afternoon. The riot was captured on an amateur video. No arrests have been made, and authorities are investigating whether the incident was gang-related. However, the victim's family says they do not believe Derrion – who earned good grades and had good attendance – was involved with gangs.
Derrion died from cerebral injuries and blunt head trauma from assault, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.