New Court Date Set for NIU Murder Suspect

Police say Chaz Thrailkill shot Steven Agee Jr. after a fight escalated

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Monday, Nov 28, 2011  |  Updated 9:41 AM CDT
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Friends, Family Remember Steven Agee II

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Friends, Family Remember Steven Agee II

Steven Agee II, 22, was killed after a fight escalated at an apartment complex at 809 Edgebrook Drive, police said. Agee, a sociology major and student leader on campus, was shot three times in the chest around 2 a.m. and later pronounced dead at Kishwaukee Hospital, according to police.
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The south suburban Markham man facing charges for allegedly shooting and killing a Northern Illinois University student at an off-campus party last week appeared briefly in court on Monday.

DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert set another hearing for Dec. 7 to hear a motion to reduce Chaz Thraikill's $3 million bail.

Police say Thrailkill, 19, shot Steven Agee Jr., 22, of Park Forest just after 2 a.m. Wednesday after a fight between the two escalated. The men were at an off-campus party in an apartment on the 800 block of Edgebrook Drive in DeKalb.

Police tracked down and arrested Thrailkill around 11 a.m. Wednesday. He is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm. 

Police say Thrailkill is not a NIU student and apparently was visiting a friend in DeKalb. He is being held on $3 million bail. 

Agee was a NIU senior and student leader who planned to graduate this spring.  

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