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Demario Bailey

Bail was denied on Monday to the teen charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old Chicago boy who was gunned down while protecting his twin brother during a mugging. As the community comes to grips with the tragedy, those who knew the slain boy are denouncing the system responsible for neighborhood safety.

On Saturday afternoon, identical twins Demario and Demacio Bailey were walking to a basketball game at their school in the neighborhood of Englewood when four teens approached the pair and demanded they give up their belongings. A struggle ensued. “Get off my brother,” Demario yelled at the mugger accosting Demacio, according to a police report cited by the Chicago Sun-Times. “He doesn’t have anything!”

One of the assailants then pulled a gun and fired. Demacio fled, but returned to find his brother had been shot in the chest, per the Chicago Tribune.

Killed just three days shy of his 16th birthday, Demario is remembered as an exemplary brother, student and community member.

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