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Facebook Spat Leads to Murder Charges Against Suburban Man

By Quinn Ford | April 22, 2014 7:16am
 The basement where the 16 and 18-year-old were shot to death Saturday remained in tatters Sunday.
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CHICAGO — A south suburban gang member has been charged with fatally shooting two teenagers Saturday in South Chicago after a fight on Facebook, authorities and family said.

Justin C. Hamilton, of Flossmoor, is facing two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of 16-year-old Jordan Means and 18-year-old Anthony Bankhead.

The two teens were found dead Saturday morning inside a basement apartment in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue.

Police said Hamilton, 23, shot Means and Bankhead during an argument.

During a Tuesday bond hearing, prosecutors said Hamilton is a member of the Latin Kings street gang and had been fighting with the victims on Facebook prior to the shooting.

After shooting the teens, Hamilton allegedly told witnesses "you better not say anything or your family is next," prosecutors said.

After the shooting, family of the teens said the Facebook fight was over a stolen power cord and that both Means and Bankhead knew their killer.

Hamilton, who was allegedly joined by two other people when the shooting occurred, was ordered held without bond.