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16-Year-Old Held Without Bail After Allegedly Killing Another Teen

By Quinn Ford | September 6, 2013 4:56pm
 Geanni Boyd, 16, was killed Wednesday night in Washington Park (pictured). 16-year-old Deven Skipper was charged with the murder and was ordered held without bail Friday.
Geanni Boyd
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Washington Park teenager is being held without bail Friday for allegedly killing one teen and wounding another after he shot up a porch from his bicycle earlier this week.

Prosecutors charged Deven Skipper, 16, with first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm following Wednesday's shooting.

On Monday, Skipper, of the 5800 block of South Calumet Avenue, and a friend had gotten into a fight with two brothers who live in the 5100 block of South Calumet Avenue, said Assistant State's Attorney Heather Kent.

Two days later, one of the brothers was standing on the front porch of his home with 16-year-old Geanni Boyd, and a 31-year-old man when Skipper rode by on his bicycle.

Skipper then opened fire on the porch, hitting Boyd in his thigh and buttocks and grazing the other teen on his hand, Kent said.

When police officers reached the scene, they found Boyd lying on the floor of the home bleeding. He was rushed to Stroger Hospital where he later died.

Witnesses on the scene told police a teen named "Man Man" had done the shooting. One had a photo of Skipper on a cell phone and told police he was the shooter, according to police reports.

Skipper was later identified in a photo lineup by witnesses and was later arrested by the gang investigation division.

In court Friday, a lawyer representing Skipper said the teen was a student at Kenwood Academy and had "no prior contact with the system."

"This child has had no other problems," the lawyer said.

But Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois ultimately denied bail to the teen.

"It's an act of violence," Bourgeois said, above Skipper's lawyer's protests.