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Austin teen charged with murder in slaying blocks from his home

By Liam Ford

Tribune reporter

3:17 PM CDT, September 10, 2013

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An Austin man has been charged in an August shooting blocks from his home that left one man dead and another wounded, police said.

Markeas Brown, 18, faces first-degree murder and attempted murder charges in the shooting Aug. 17 in the first block of South Parkside Avenue, according to a release from Chicago Police News Affairs.

Brown, of the 5500 block of West Corcoran Place, was ordered held in lieu of $1.5 million bail in a Cook County Bond Court hearing before Criminal Court Judge Israel Desierto today, according to Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Lisa Gordon.

Daquan Boyd, 18, of the 5400 block of West Adams Street, was standing on Parkside about 11:30 p.m. that day with another 18-year-old man when the attack took place.

Brown and another person came up on bicycles, Brown on the sidewalk and the other in the street, and when Brown was about 5 feet from Boyd and his friend, Brown demanded to know the pair's gang affiliation, prosecutors said.

Brown then pulled out a revolver and started shooting at Boyd and the other man, and the other attacker also started shooting at them. Boyd and his friend ran into an alley to try to get away, but Boyd was shot in the back and the other man was wounded once in the leg and twice in the flank, prosecutors said.

Boyd fell in the alley and died there. The other man was shot in the side and taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County for treatment.

At the time of the shooting, police said the two victims were not affiliated with any gangs, leading investigators to speculate that the shootings may have been a case of mistaken identity.

The youngest of six children, Boyd would have been a senior at VOISE Academy High School in Austin, his family said.

When he wasn’t at school, he played basketball and spent time with his girlfriend. He also liked to rap and hang out with his friends. He talked about attending college in the future, possibly the University of Nebraska, his father said.

The teen was saving money for senior prom by helping out in local theater set design, according to his family.

The surviving victim recognized Brown and gave police his nickname. Brown was arrested Monday and identified in a lineup by the surviving victim, then gave a videotaped confession. The second attacker has not yet been charged, prosecutors said.

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