4 teens charged with beating death of 'innocent bystander'

update to item 'Teen Attacked, Beaten to Death in Melee,Chicago'

6:58 PM UPDATE: A fourth teenager was charged this evening in the beating death, according to Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state's attorney's office. Eugene Bailey, 18, of 10500 block of South LaSalle Street was charged with first-degree murder and is due in Bond Court tomorrow, Simonton said. Details to come.

Three teenagers have been charged with beating to death 16-year-old Derrion Albert, an "innocent bystander" who walked into the middle of a street fight between two groups of feuding teens last Thursday, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said the fight -- with teens punching and kicking and swinging two-by-fours -- was related to a shooting outside Fenger earlier that day.

Charged with first-degree murder are Silvonus Shannon, 19, Eugene Riley, 18, and Eric Carson, 16, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office. All were charged as adults and all were ordered held without bond today.

At the teens' bond hearing this afternoon, a Cook County prosecutor said Albert was beaten by teens from both sides of the simmering rivalry. One group of Fenger students lived near the school and the other is from the Altgeld Gardens housing development.

Carson, who was allegedly from the faction near Fenger, was the first to hit Albert with a railroad tie, according to Assistant State's Atty. Jodi Peterson.

As Albert struggled to stand up and escape the melee, Riley also hit him with a railroad tie and Shannon repeatedly stomped on his head, the prosecutor said. Both Riley and Shannon allegedly belonged to a separate faction that lived in or near Altgeld Gardens.

Records showed Carson is on probation for a robbery conviction.

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