14 & 16-Year-Old Charged With the Murder of Gay Chicago Teen
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a gay 18-year-old high school student from Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports. Additionally, the Chicago Sun-Times points out that a 16-year-old teen has been arrested for the victim’s murder as well.
Last week, as reported here, Chicago police were investigating the murder of Terrance "Jawan" Wright, 18, who was shot and killed on Oct. 19. Authorities said he was shot after he tried to fight back when five young men attempted to rob him.
But the teen’s family insisted he was really killed because he was gay.
"What they going to rob him of: his books?" asked Wright’s uncle, Tywayn Bouldin. He added that his nephew had been the victim of anti-gay bullying inside and outside of school and that he even had to transfer schools last year because the harassment had become so stressful for him.
"I believe they only did that to him because he was gay," Wright’s 16-year-old brother, Javone, said.
"I was told the boys were picking on Jawan. Jawan was on his way home and the boys just started picking on him and calling him names, so they tried to take Jawan’s book bag," Essie James, Wright’s grandmother, told local Chicago TV station WGN. "So then Jawan and the boys got to fighting. That’s when police say one of the boys pulled out a gun and killed Jawan."