Accomplice Charged In 7-Year-Old Girl's Shooting Death: Chicago Police

WBBM Newsradio Staff
July 06, 2020 - 6:00 pm
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Reginald Merrill (Chicago Police)

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A suspect who allegedly drove multiple gunmen to a West Side shooting scene where a 7-year-old girl was fatally wounded over the holiday weekend has been charged in her death, police said Monday.

Reginald Merrill, 33, of Chicago faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm. 

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Natalia Wallace was fatally shot Saturday around 7 p.m. as she was standing outside her grandmother’s house in the 100 block of North Latrobe in the Austin neighborhood. Police said a car pulled up, and several individuals got out and began firing in what authorities call a gang-related attack. An adult man was injured, and Natalia, an unintended target, was struck in the forehead. The 7-year-old was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Merrill, who was taken into custody later that night, is believed to have driven three other suspects to the scene, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said at a news conference. Those suspects are still at large, he said.

“Take some ownership in the decisions you made. Come on in, turn yourselves in and admit that you killed a 7-year-old child," Deenihan said.

Merrill is expected to appear in court Tuesday.

Natalia's death was one of nearly 20 murders in another violent Chicago weekend. Both Police Supt. David Brown and Mayor Lightfoot said Chicago cannot get to the point where the killing of children is normalized.