Chicago Student's Beating Death Caught on Tape

Police beef up patrols after savage gang melee
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 28, 2009 4:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – Chicago police are stepping up patrols today at a high school where a 16-year-old honor student's gruesome beating death in a gang melee was captured on video. Students scream in horror as Derrion Albert crumples to the ground and covers his head in vain as he's repeatedly pummeled with wooden planks in the video shot by a female student. Police are questioning suspects in the tape, which was turned over by the student to police and the local Fox news station.

Witnesses said Albert was attacked as he came to the aid of a victim near Fenger High School. The disturbing video "hurt to watch," said his aunt. But his family is hopeful the tape will nail the culprits in Derrion's death. Derrion's grandfather was unable to view the video. "The graphics are too strong for me," he told the Chicago Tribune. "God bless whoever took that video. It did and said it all."