Juvenile charged in teen's shooting death

September 8, 2008 9:00:14 PM PDT
A juvenile is now charged with shooting and killing a Harper High School tenth grader.Seventeen-year-old Corey Hatter was shot Friday in the 1500-block of West 69th Street.

It is a scene all too familiar in the Englewood community. Gunfire on the corner of 69th and Ashland in the early evening hours left the teenager dead. Hatter suffered multiple gunshot wounds. His mother said she has one question.

"Why, why, why would they do him like that? And he's a good kid," said Nicole Hatter.

A year ago gun violence claimed the lives of 23 Chicago Public Schools students. School started last week. And last Friday, Corey Hatter became the first victim of this school year.

"Whether it's two young girls last week or two more over the weekend, it's, to me, insane the level of violence our children have to live with," said CPS CEO Arne Duncan.

Nicole Hatter said her son was friendly with everyone in the neighborhood. She said he was a good student who hoped to become a lawyer. He worked much of the summer to earn money to buy shoes to wear back to school. Police have a 14-year-old suspect in custody.

"I want to talk to him face to face, (and say), 'Why did you have to do this to him? What did he do to you for you to be so angry?'" Nicole Hatter said.

Police have charged the 14-year-old as a juvenile with first-degree murder, aggravated use of a firearm and other felonies. Corey Hatter was supposed to be going back to school at Harper. His first day was supposed to be Monday.


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