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Police charge 16-year-old with murder in Little Village drug deal gone wrong

The Little Village 16-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder for the drug deal gone wrong.

A 16-year-old charged with first-degree murder for a homicide in Little Village on January 29, 2022, is due in bond court today at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Update: The teen is being tried as an adult. Cook County prosecutors identified Kayden Torres as the individual firing shots outside the below mentioned car while his 15-year-old accomplice fired shots inside the vehicle, which hit both the driver and the passenger.

The 15-year-old was reportedly contacted by an ex-girlfriend to buy marijuana from her cousin, who was visiting from Iowa. Prosecutors say the two teenaged offenders planned to rob the two teen victims.

Police said they know the identity of the 15-year-old second gunman, but he remained at large.


CHICAGO - A teenager is in custody and charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder in last week's drug deal gone wrong in the Little Village neighborhood.



Readers may recall last Saturday's story, "Drug deal gone wrong leaves 2 teens shot in Little Village, in critical condition."[1]

The incident happened around 1:21 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022, in the 2300 block of South Sawyer Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood on the city's southwest side.

At the time, police said two teenagers were making a "narcotics related transaction" inside a vehicle when two unknown suspects pulled out handguns and fired shots, putting both victims in critical condition.

The 16-year-old victim was shot in the head and the 17-year-old victim was struck in the neck. The 16-year-old victim later died.

Today, authorities say they have at least one of those offenders in custody and he faces two major charges. As the boy is a 16-year-old juvenile, his identity was not immediately disclosed by police.

Police said they arrested the 16-year-old offender in the 2500 block of S. Homan, which is also in the Little Village neighborhood.

The official charges he faces are as follows:

  • One (1) felony count - Murder - First Degree
  • One (1) felony count - Attempt - Murder - First Degree

The teenage offender is due in bond court scheduled for today.


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Notes & References


  1. Chicago Journal. “Drug Deal Gone Wrong Leaves 2 Teens Shot in Little Village, in Critical Condition.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, January 30, 2022. https://www.chicagojournal.com/drug-deal-gone-wrong-leaves-2-teens-shot-in-little-village-in-critical-condition/. ↩︎

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