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15-Year-Old Charged In Teen's Brutal Murder

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    Alex Arellano was burned, beaten and shot after being taunted by gang members, according to his family.

    A 15-year-old Chicago boy has been charged with murder in connection with the death of another teen found shot to death in a Southwest Side gangway earlier this month, police said.

    Jovanny Martinez, appearing in criminal court Thursday wearing handcuffs, a T-shirt and khacki pants, was ordered held without bond in connection with the May 1 shooting of 15-year-old  Alex Arellano.

    Arrellano's body was found in a South Side gangway severely beaten and burned. An autopsy determined that he had died of a gunshot wound to the head.

    According to prosecutors, Martinez was part of a group of gang members responsible for the killing, but, when he was taken into custody, he was in possession of a gun with bullets matching the one extracted from the victim.

    Also, blood on Martinez's clothes matched Arellano's.


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