Twin brothers Demario and Demacio Bailey, 15, were walking to basketball practice on Saturday when they were robbed by four people in a viaduct. The attackers wanted Demario's jacket, his aunt tells the Chicago Sun-Times. Seeing Demacio attacked by one of the robbers, Demario came to his aid, shoving the attacker off his brother—but Demacio soon heard a gunshot, a police report says. He ran away, believing his brother was behind him, but he wasn't, the boys' grandmother tells the Chicago Tribune. Going back, Demacio found his brother shot; he was pronounced dead within minutes, the police report says. Seventeen-year-old Carlos Johnson has been charged with murder, and three other suspects have also been arrested, the Tribune reports.
The boys went to school in Chicago's dangerous Englewood neighborhood. Normally, they were picked up and dropped off, but "they were starting to say, ‘Ma, we can do things on our own,'" their grandmother says. "We promised them we would give them a little more freedom." Yesterday, classmates gathered to remember Demario as a loving brother and friend. He was days from his 16th birthday, the Sun-Times reports. "He truly embodied the motto, 'I am my brother’s keeper,'" not just to Demacio, but to his community, says a history teacher. The attack spurred the school's founding principal to call for action against violence, saying the area can feel like a "war zone" and that she wouldn't mind "if it takes (martial) law to get this in order." (Indeed, one night this summer, some 21 people were shot in Chicago on a single night, many on the South Side, home to Englewood.)