16-year-old charged with killing two teenagers held without bond

CHICAGO (STMW) - A 16-year-old boy was ordered held without bond Wednesday for allegedly killing two teenagers and wounding a third while the trio was walking home from school on the South Side last week.

Anthony Murphy, who is currently on probation for a weapons case, gunned down Donta Parker, 16, and Sakinah Reed, 17, from a green Ford Explorer in the 7500 block of South Dorchester Avenue on Jan. 5, Cook County prosecutors said.

The SUV was driven by another juvenile co-offender, Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Whang said, but Murphy allegedly told detectives he was the driver at the time of the deadly incident.

Whang said Murphy shouted gang slogans before he started firing from behind the driver’s seat of the Ford Explorer around 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.

Parker suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen, Whang said. Reed was shot twice in the back and once in the leg. Both teens were pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The surviving teen–a 16-year-old boy–was shot in the leg and finger. That boy identified Murphy as sitting inside the SUV as did an employee at a nearby BP gas station where surveillance video captured the Green Ford Explorer at the business minutes before the shooting, Whang said.

Video footage also shows the vehicle turning onto Dorchester Avenue from 76th Street toward the victims, Whang said.

Six .380 caliber shell casings and two fired bullets were recovered from the scene. The Ford Explorer was recovered by police a day after the shooting. Inside, a .380 caliber shell casing that matched the shell casings from the scene was found on the windshield, Whang said.

The back of the SUV also tested positive for gunshot residue, Whang said.

In addition to his 2015 unlawful use of a weapon case, Murphy was found delinquent in a 2013 aggravated battery case and a 2013 possession of a stolen motor vehicle and criminal trespass to a vehicle case, Whang said.

Murphy, of the 7800 block of South Kimbark Avenue, attends Hirsch Metropolitan High School, according to an assistant public defender.

Judge James Brown said “there is no question in my mind” that Murphy is a “danger to the community and himself.”

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