CHICAGO — Tyrone Lawson borrowed money from his mother to get into Thursday's highly anticipated basketball game between Simeon Career Academy High School and Morgan Park High School.
But prosecutors today said he never made it in - and that could have cost him his life.
Lawson, 17, a Morgan Park senior, was gunned down outside Chicago State University, which hosted the game, and the two men charged in his killing appeared in court Saturday. A judge ordered them held without bond.
Michael McNabb, 32, of the 11500 block of South Racine Avenue, and Stephen Gilbert, 29, of the 12400 of South Harding Avenue in Alsip, were arrested after the shooting outside Chicago State University Thursday, which killed a Morgan Park High School senior.
"Gentlemen, I guarantee you will sit in jail until this matter is tried," said Cook County Judge Adam Borgeois, Jr., at the pair's court appearance Saturday.
Following Simeon High School's victory over rival Morgan Park, players on the two teams scuffled on the court. Arguments apparently spilled into the parking lot outside the school, which was chosen as a neutral site for the game, and shots were fired that killed 17-year-old Tyrone Lawson.
Assistant State's Attorney Brad Dickey said Lawson got to the game too late to get in, and was with a group of friends, chatting with some girls in the parking lot shortly after 9 p.m. when Gilbert and McNabb began chasing him. Gilbert had a gun, Dickey said. Witnesses heard gunshots, and Lawson was found with wounds to his back and buttocks. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died.
Police were told the shooting suspect had a white jacket and fled in a Jeep. Officers pulled over a Jeep and found a man matching the description of the shooter, according to a police report. They also found a blue steel semi-automatic handgun "outside the passenger side window" of the Jeep.
The gun was recovered, and Gilbert had gun-powder residue on his hand, Dickey said.
Dickey couldn't say if the Gilbert and McNabb had been at the game, or if the shooting was related to the incident between the players.
Gilbert has been in and out of prison since a 2003 weapons charge. His attorney said he is a student at Kennedy-King College. McNabb was convicted in 2003 on charges of manufacturing and delivering drugs.
A police spokeswoman could not confirm reports the two men are brothers. McNabb and Gilbert are scheduled to be in court next Jan. 22.