Maywood teens murdered

Police are searching for leads and a motive in the Saturday morning slaying of three west suburban teens.

Police are searching for leads and a motive in the Saturday morning slaying of three west suburban teens. Shortly after midnight on August 9, Maywood police responded to calls of shots fired in the 1900 block of West Harrison Street. When they arrived, they found a bullet-riddled car with four male teens inside. Kent Flowers Jr., Oscar Pritchett and Devin Stokes, all 18 years old, and an unidentified driver, suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to Loyola University Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.  The driver is recovering from his injuries. The family of the slain teens, all of whom attended Proviso East High School, are stymied about the homicides and said none of their sons were involved in gangs. Flowers was a soon-to-be father and liked visual arts and rapping. He was also an aspiring psychologist. Pritchett was scheduled to attend Triton College in River Grove and wanted to be an entrepreneur. He worked at O’Hare International Airport. Stokes excelled at chess and was part of the school’s drama club. He was given a four-year scholarship to Northeastern Illinois University. He planned on becoming a computer analyst. He worked at McDonald’s in Lombard. Maywood police said the investigation is ongoing and declined to provide further details or a suspected motive. ______ Copyright 2008 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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