Murder of Derrion Albert
|Derrion Albert murder case|
|Location||Near Christian Fenger Academy High School
South Side (Chicago)
|Date||September 24, 2009|
|Victim||Derrion Albert, 16|
Reports and video footage indicate that Albert was caught in a brawl between two factions of students at Christian Fenger Academy High school, from two neighborhoods, Altgeld Gardens and The Ville. His death occurred after he was brutally beaten by several boys with pieces of a railroad tie. Police initially arrested four individuals, Silvonus Shannon, Eric Carson, Eugene Riley, and Eugene Bailey, who were charged with first-degree murder. Charges were later dropped against Bailey after further investigations.
The amateur video footage of the beating, obtained by Chicago television station WFLD, was widely broadcast in both traditional and online media. Largely resulting from the widespread circulation of this video, the story attracted much national attention within the United States, leading President Barack Obama to send U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Chicago to discuss youth violence with Mayor Richard M. Daley. Secretary Duncan was also interviewed by Anderson Cooper on the cable news channel CNN regarding violence in Chicago.
By 2011, five individuals had been convicted of Albert's death and sentenced to varying terms in prison: Shannon, Carson, Riley, Lapoleon Colbert, and a minor whose name was not publicized.
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