Jury Selection Begins in First of Five Beating Death Trials

Derrion Albert was beaten to death while walking home from school last year

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    A 14-year-old boy has become the fourth teen to be charged with murder in connection with the fatal beating of 16-year-old Fenger High Schools honor student Derrion Albert.

    Jury selection began Monday in preparation for a trial against one of the teens accused of beating Fenger High School student Derrion Albert.

    The accused, a 14-year-old, is a juvenile and has not been publicly identified. Four other teens are also awaiting trial.

    Albert died after being beaten while walking home from school in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood in September 2009. His relatives said they believe Albert was targeted because he refused to join a South Side gang.

    The violence was recorded on a cell phone camera and the incident captured national attention.

    Derrion Albert Laid to Rest

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    Hundreds of mourners say their final farewell to Derrion Albert, and promise to use his death as a rallying cry to bring the community to task for youth violence. (Published Monday, Oct. 5, 2009)