A 20-year-old man was charged and held without bond Tuesday in connection with a double homicide Sunday in Chinatown.
Alvin Thomas, of South Shore, faces two felony counts of first-degree murder, Chicago police said.
He was arrested about 2:27 a.m. Feb. 9 in the 2100 block of South Archer Avenue, police said. He was identified as the person who shot two men at 2:13 a.m. the same day in the 2000 block of South Wells Street, police said.
Huayi Bian, 36, and Weizhong Xiong, 38, were standing in the parking lot of an apartment complex with a 44-year-old woman when Thomas allegedly walked up and tried to rob them in the 2000 block of South Wells Street, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The woman complied, but the men resisted, at which point Thomas allegedly fired multiple shots, police said. Both men were shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The woman wasn’t hurt.
"We’ve all been impacted", said Terry Wilson, a friend of the victims. "We’ve all cried and we’re all angry. There’s no purpose to take a life, any life."
Thomas was due in bond court Tuesday, where nearly 100 people from the Chinatown Bridgeport neighborhoof packed the Cook County Courtroom.
"My heart is hurting... I can’t think," said Alvin Thomas' mother, Sherie Kellum. "I can’t eat. I’m hurt. I want my baby to come home."
Thomas is being held without bond and is due in court later in February.
Wilson however said "a natural life sentence wouldn’t be equal to the hurt he has brought to us."
A vigil for the two victims is scheduled to take place around 5 p.m. at the scene Wednesday.