Entries tagged with “citizen journalism” from Kathryn Elliott's News Blog

Four teens charged with murder of Chicago boy

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     A 16-year-old boy, Albert Derrion, was walking Thursday afternoon near his school in Chicago's South Side neighborhood when he accidentally got in the way of two rival groups.

     Four members of the angry, volatile mob targeted Derrion and brutally beat him, causing severe injuries that led to his death hours later, CBS 2 said.

     Other students at Christian Fenger Academy High School are getting frustrated and scared at the violence that has left three dead since the school year began, The New York Times said. 

    The above articles in the Times and CBS websites drew my attention by their use of multimedia.  CBS featured a slide show of the teens charged with murder as well as the victim.  It also cited YouTube as having posted a video of the murder. 

     The Times highlights an NBC report that includes clips from the amateur video captured on a cell phone.  Police were able to use the video to identify the suspects in the killing.

     The NBC report said that such a video of Chicago's darker side is the kind of publicity that the city wants to avoid, especially as it lobbies to host the Olympics.

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