(Reuters) – A 22-year-old man was charged on Monday with killing a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was lured from a park into an alley and shot several times in what authorities said was gang-related retaliation targeted at his father.
In the weeks following the killing, Corey Morgan, 27, of Lansing, Illinois, was also charged with first degree murder.
The Cook County state’s attorney’s office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment about the charges.
Police have said the crime was linked to rivalry between Lee’s father, a suspected gang member, and another group, and was connected to at least two other murders. The boy’s father, Pierre Stokes, has denied being involved in a gang.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called Lee’s shooting “an act of barbarism” and said Morgan and the other suspects were all members of the same gang.