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Suspect Confesses Role in Chicago Teen's Brutal Death

Washington Afro, News Report, Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2009

(October 1, 2009) - One of the suspects accused of killing a Chicago teen in a vicious beating captured on tape has admitted to jumping on the victim's head while he lay on the ground, according to a press release issued by the Chicago Police Department and reports from CNN.com.

Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State's Attorney, said 19-year-old Silvonus Shannon admitted to his part in the death of Derrion Albert, an honors student, although Albert never struck him.

Three teens were arrested in Albert's death, Shannon, 19, Eric Carson, 16, and Eugene Riley, 18, and have been charged with first-degree murder and are being held without bail.

During the bond hearing held Monday, prosecutors described how the street brawl grew from a dispute between two groups at Albert's high school to a beating that left the high-achieving student dead.

Prosecutors also said Albert was "an innocent bystander" who became entangled in a fight between the two factions of students at his school, Christian Fenger Academy High School located on Chicago's south side. He was knocked unconscious by repeated blows, Timonton told CNN.com, but gained consciousness and attempted to move away from the street fight. But as Albert tried to move, he was attacked by a second group and beaten with a piece of railroad tie and kicked in the head.

Albert was taken to Roseland Community Hospital and then to Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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