Northside Community Remembers Grandfather Beaten to Death
50th Ward Alderman Debra Silverstein organized a small, community memorial Sunday for Delfino Mora who was killed July 10th by three teens playing a deadly game called “Pick ‘em out, knock ‘em out.”
“This crime has shocked …our community here in the 50th ward. We come together today to not only memorialize Delfino Mora but to show our solidarity to his family and our strength as a community” said Alderman Silverstein.
A mix of family, neighbors, police and officials gathered Sunday morning at Green Briar Park on Peterson Avenue to remember the 62-year-old father of 12.
“It’s very tragic that in this great neighborhood something like this could happen. It was just mean. A wonderful man trying to raise a family. We shouldn't tolerate this as a community,” said 24th Police District Commander James Roussell
Malik Jones, 16, Nicholas Ayala, 17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18, are charged with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said Jones gave Malcolm his cell phone to record him punching Mora in the alley of the 6300 block of North Artesian Avenue. The 62-year-old grandfather was there collecting pop cans to help his wife buy a new dress for their son's wedding. The video showed the teens laughing at Mora, lying on the ground unconscious, prosecutors said.
The family is planning to bury Mora in his native Mexico.