Teen run over in Golf Mill mall parking lot

December 2, 2009 3:15:54 PM PST
Edgardo Delatorre, 16, was run over during an incident in the parking lot of Golf Mill mall in Niles. Police say the 16-year-old was hit on purpose by another teen in a dispute over a girl.

Delatorre is being kept on life support so doctors can harvest his organs.

For now, the teen accused of hitting Delatorre is being held on aggravated battery charges.

The victims' mother says they had recently purchased a home in unincorporated Des Plaines in hopes of giving their three children a better life. Her son turned 16 on Tuesday. Instead of celebrating his birthday they are planning his funeral.

"He likes to play basketball," said Leticia Delatorre, victim's mother.

Edgardo Delatorre is at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after being struck by a stolen car in the parking lot of Golf Mill mall in Niles. Police say the car was driven by another teen in an incident that may have stemmed from a dispute over a girl.

"They broke up a couple months ago but I think they were fighting over her," said Marisol Delatorre, victim's sister.

"I was told there was a possible discussion or argument or thread in chat spaces on the computer," said Sgt. Tom Davis, Niles Police Department.

Sgt. Davis says a 16-year-old is in custody and is charged with two counts of aggravated battery.

Police say on Saturday night at around 7 p.m. Delatorre and six other teens were walking along on the church street side of the mall when the offender sped up striking Delatorre. He suffered severe head injuries.

"A juvenile driving a stolen motor vehicle pulled in, struck the group of kids and struck two young boys down. Cook County state's attorneys are waiting to upgrade the charges," said Sgt. Davis.

"Our family doesn't want him to come out from jail because it's like murder that happened to our family," said Marisol Delatorre.

Delatorre was the oldest of his siblings. His mother says the family had just moved to unincorporated Des Plaines to give their children a better life.

The victim is a student at Maine East Township High School in Park Ridge.

"He said he wanted to it be a NBA player or a soccer player," said Marisol Delatorre.

"He was a good kid. A good student and the teachers love him a lot," said Leticia Delatorre.

Principal Steven Isove of Maine East says, "the victim had transferred into Maine East at the beginning of the fall semester and was working very hard on the things that he needed to do to be successful in high school."

"He had a lot of friends really quick. Everyone loved him there," said Marisol Delatorre.

The family has agreed that their son should be pulled off life support. They are waiting for his organs to be harvested so they can be donated. His mother says it is something he would have wanted.


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