The body of a Chicago teen, who authorities believe was beaten to death because he refused to join a gang, was discovered last week. The body of 16-year-old Darryl Green was found facedown on a set of basement stairs of an abandoned building in the neighborhood of Englewood. There were no visible markings on the body, leading to the conclusion that the teen was beaten to death.
Green had stopped attending class at Harper High School after his refusal to join a gang.
"He never goes anywhere," said Juanita Green Bonner, Green's aunt. "It's just so shocking for this to happen to anyone."
"It's somebody's child ... you know, just laying down on that ground, dead," said Eola States, Englewood resident. "You know, just another life gone."
Green’s death is just another example of the incredible wave of violence that is sweeping across the city. Chicago has already surpassed the 200 homicide mark for the year. At least 12 people were shot and killed over Fourth of July weekend alone, according to The Inquisitr.
“While to date we’ve had significantly fewer shootings and significantly fewer murders this year, there’s more work to be done and we won’t rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in a statement.