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Brother Charged in Shooting Death of Hyde Park Academy Basketball Player

By Alex Parker | June 29, 2013 3:31pm | Updated on June 30, 2013 12:17am
 Officials charged Michael Whitney, 19, in the accidental shooting death of his brother, Malcolm, 16. Malcolm was originally thought to have shot himself by accident.
Brother Charged in Shooting Death of Hyde Park Academy Basketball Player
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CHICAGO — The older brother of a 16-year-old Hyde Park Academy student originally thought to have died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday was charged in the boy's death late Saturday, police said.

Malcolm Whitney, 16, was shot about 9:45 a.m. at home in the 7500 block of South Kingston Avenue, said Officer Daniel O'Brien, a police spokesman. But an autopsy report released Saturday classified his death as a homicide. A medical examiner's office spokesman said Whitney was accidentally shot by another person.

Michael Whitney, 19, of the 7500 block of South Kingston Avenue, was charged involuntary manslaughter of a family member and unlawful use of a weapon, police said.

Michael Whitney was allegedly playing with a handgun, and pointed it at his brother. The weapon fired, strking Malcom in the head.

He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:34 a.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

Michael Whitney is due to appear in bond court Sunday.