ZION, Ill. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after allegedly firing a bullet that struck and killed a young suburban Chicago mother reading to her child, police said Wednesday.

Zechariah C. Myles has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the Oct. 17 death of Melanie Yates, 23, of Zion, police said. A Lake County judge set his bond at $3 million.

Myles and two other juveniles were arrested shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday after a shooting in nearby Waukegan, police said. No injuries were reported in that shooting.

An arrest warrant was issued last week for Myles in the slaying of Yates, a mother of two young daughters and an unintended target who was reportedly reading to her child when a bullet came through a window in her home and struck her in the head.[1] Myles was firing a rifle at someone else at the time, police have said.

Myles was lodged in the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center in Vernon Hills.

Notes & References

  1. Chicago Journal. “North Suburban Chicago Police Seek Teen in Fatal Shooting of Melanie Yates.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, November 12, 2021. https://www.chicagojournal.com/north-suburban-chicago-police-seek-teen-in-fatal-shooting/. ↩︎