Suspect, 19, Charged In Double Murder Of Teens

Bernie Tafoya
June 25, 2020 - 8:44 pm
LaRoy Battle

LaRoy Battle (Chicago Police)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A 19-year-old Chicago man has been charged in the murder of two teens last weekend in South Chicago, police said Thursday.

Laroy Battle faces two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of Charles Riley, 16, and 17-year-old Jasean Francis in the 7900 block of South Luella Avenue.

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Battle has three previous arrests, according to Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan.

"Justice was very swift in this case, because we got help from the community," he said.

Detective Brendan Deenihan said Jesean Francis and Charles Riley were with a friend getting candy at a gas station on 79th and Luella, when they encountered the 6-foot-3 Battle. Deenihan said there were no angry words - the teens asked Battle how tall he was and expressed the hope they would grow to be that tall.

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“Obviously, we’ll never see the full growth of these poor children,” Deenihan said, adding they were "very good kids from really excellent families.”

Afterwards, Battle was alleged to have shot the teens in an alley around 5 p.m. Saturday, killing Francis and Riley. The third teenager was not hit.

The shooting occurred during a Father's Day weekend in Chicago that saw more than 100 wounded by gunfire and 14 killed.

Battle was arrested Wednesday by the Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force in a Schiller Park motel, after community members saw surveillance video and identified him.

He is expected to appear in bond court Friday, police said.

A prayer vigil is being held Friday night for Francis and Riley on 79th and Luella.