SAD END FOR 15 YEAR OLD TWIN DEMARIO

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According to CHICAGO TRIBUNE Demario and Demacio Bailey had taken the No. 29 State Street bus Saturday afternoon to 63rd Street, where they got off and started walking west through a long, dark viaduct toward the school where Demacio had basketball practice, according to a police report. Four robbers confronted them under the viaduct, the report said.

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Ordering the brothers to “give it up,” the robbers started going through their pockets, the police report said. A struggle and fight ensued, and Demario, the older of the twins by five minutes, saw that one of the robbers was on top of his brother. He went to Demacio’s aid, telling the assailant to “Get off my brother,” and was able to push the robber off, according to the report.

At that point, Demacio saw a weapon appear from one of the assailants and heard a shot go off, the report said. He thought Demario was right behind him as he ran away.

“But when he turned around, he didn’t see him,” Fitzpatrick said.

Demacio found his brother on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest, the police report said. Demario was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later.

The robbers were last seen running toward Wabash Avenue, police said. They said they took several people in for questioning soon after the shooting, and investigators think the attackers were responsible for two other armed robberies in the area earlier the same day.

Fitzpatrick called her grandson “honorable.”

“Demario was an excellent child, all my grandchildren are … just honorable children,” she said. “That’s how they were raised. They were raised to be good children.”

Saturday was one of the few times the boys had been allowed to walk out on the South Side streets alone, Fitzpatrick said.

“Our children have always been dropped up and picked up and escorted,” Fitzpatrick said.

“They were starting to say, ‘Ma, we can do things on our own,’” she said. “We promised them we would give them a little more freedom. We let them go for one month. I don’t know what we’re supposed to do now.”

Demario and Demacio, both sophomores at Johnson, were inseparable.

Classmates and teachers described the elder twin as a supportive peer both inside and outside of the classroom during a memorial service in the school gymnasium, where Demario spent many afternoons cheering for his brother on the basketball court.

They took turns sharing their memories of Demario with the crowd, eliciting laughter and tears.

“He truly embodied the motto, ‘I am my brother’s keeper,’ ” said Ketica Guter, a history teacher who works with the sophomore class.

“That goes beyond Demacio,” Guter added, saying that Demario was that way with his friends and the whole Johnson community.

One classmate said that Demario was the only person who could make her smile at school and that his death was “eye-opening.”

“That was my favorite boy,” she said.

The twins also had a 3-year-old brother and a 19-year-old brother who studies at Northeastern Illinois University, Fitzpatrick said. Their mother could not be reached Sunday.

At school, Demario participated in many extracurricular activities, including the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program and choir, family and staff said. Demacio played on the football and basketball teams, and Demario was his biggest supporter.

“He was like a shadow to (Demacio),” Greenfield said. “He would sit and watch all the practices, he’d come to every game and he’d wait for his brother.”

Demario was “funny, smiling all the time,” said his adviser, Rachel Terry. He came from a home with a “very involved mother.”

Garland Thomas-McDavid, founding principal at the charter school, said gun violence is something her students have had to deal with since the school opened in 2010.

“It sounds crazy saying it, but kids get shot around here all the time,” she said. “But we were always lucky that no one ever died.”

…really sad.

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