Teen's Fatal Beating Caught on Video

By Zach Christman
|  Sunday, Sep 27, 2009  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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Teen Walked Into Melee Between Rival Gangs

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Derrion Albert

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Teen Walked Into Melee Between Rival Gangs

Derrion Albert, 16, was punched and kicked all over his body, and the Cook County medical examiner's office says he died from blunt trauma.
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Shocking cell phone video of a huge fight that left a high school student dead is circulating around the Internet -- and police are hoping it will help lead to his killers.

On Thursday, a brawl between two rival gangs erupted just a few blocks from Christian Fenger High School in the Roseland neighborhood. The video was caught by another student on her cell phone as 20 or more young people flooded the street, watching or taking part in the fight.

The kids involved didn't use knives or guns -- instead they picked up 5-foot-long boards and struck others in the head.

Four were seriously beaten. About halfway through the video, Derrion Albert is seen on the ground, surrounded by five or so others who are savagely kicking him in the head and swinging those boards with all their might.

The beating lasted only a few moments. Derrion, 16, didn't survive.

A vigil is planned for this afternoon at Fenger.

So far, police have not made any arrests.  Anyone with information about Derrion's murder is urged to call 312-747-8272.

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