4:28 PM CDT, May 23, 2013
A 17-year-old boy used a marijuana deal as a ruse to get close enough to shoot a 16-year-old boy six times in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, prosecutors said today.
Joel Batalla, 17, is being held without bond in the murder of Angel Cano, 16, in the 4300 block of South Paulina Street on Tuesday. Cano, of the 2200 block of West 50th Place, was shot several times, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Batalla is a member of the Latin Saints and Cano was a member of the Satan Disciples, according to Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Pillsbury.
Cano had arranged to buy marijuana from Batalla and another person, and Batalla at some point learned Cano belonged to a rival gang, prosecutors said.
When Cano met Batalla about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, Batalla led him and two other people through an alley and into a gangway near Paulina, where Batalla told them to wait. Batalla walked out of the alley, then returned about 10 minutes later, this time walking from the south after apparently having circled the block.
Batalla sent one of the group to a store to buy blunts -- small cigars used to wrap marijuana -- and someone else began to talk to Cano about the weather, telling him it was "a beautiful day to smoke."
"It's a beautiful day to get smoked," Batalla said, then pulled out a gun and shot Cano, prosecutors said. When Cano slumped over, Batalla shot Cano five more times in the head, prosecutors said.
Batalla, who lives in the 2600 block of South Hillock Avenue in the Bridgeport neighborhood, ran to a home on Paulina Street. After wrapping the gun in his shirt and the shirt of one of the witnesses, he handed the gun off.
Batalla has a pending aggravated unlawful use of a weapon case pending in Juvenile Court, prosecutors said.
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