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Photos: Teen beating gets nation's attention
Fenger High School student Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death by a group of other youths Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in a vacant lot next to a community center in Chicago's Roseland community. Witnesses say Albert got caught up in the melee that was a culmination of a simmering rivalry between two groups of Fenger students, one that lived near the school and the other from the Altgeld Gardens housing development.
Chicago's continuing struggle to combat youth violence over the years has sparked everything from gang interventions to an ambitious plan in Chicago schools to pair troubled youths with intensive mentoring and even jobs. This latest spasm of violence is bringing federal education and law enforcement officials to Chicago.