Chicago police charged a 20-year-old man on Thursday with the murders of three teens last week near 87th Street and Exchange Avenue.
Chicago police charged a 20-year-old man on Thursday with the murders of three teens last week near 87th Street and Exchange Avenue. Martin Ybarra, who lives near the crime scene, was charged with three counts of murder for the shooting deaths of Kendrick Pitts, 17, Raheem Washington, 15, and Johnny Edwards, 13. Police said witnesses fingered Ybarra as the triggerman who let out a volley of bullets that claimed the lives of Pitts and Washington, both of whom attended Bowen High School, and Edwards who attended Mireles Academy. An assault rifle, which witnesses believed was used in the shooting, has been recovered, according to police. Police said the carnage appeared to be gang-related, but it has not been determined if the three were the intended targets. Police have not ruled that others could have played a role in the slayings. Ybarra was acquitted six months of the 2005 killing of 19-year-old Danny Urbieta, which occurred near 87th and Exchange. Also killed on that block in September was Nequiel Fowler. The 10-year-old was struck by a bullet while she stopped to tie her blind sister’s shoe. Four men from the area, with gang ties, were charged with her death. Ybarra is scheduled to appear in bond court today. ______ Copyright 2009 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.