Teen to be removed from life support

Edgardo Delatorre's family to donate organs
December 3, 2009 12:32:57 PM PST
A suburban teenager-- who, according to police, was deliberately struck by a car four days ago-- will be removed from life support. The boy's mother initially told the Chicago Tribune that they took him off life support Thursday morning. Edgardo Delatorre, who turned 16 Tuesday, remains hospitalized as of 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday night, police say he and several other teens were walking in the parking lot of Golf Mill Mall in Niles.

Investigators say a teenager driving a stolen car deliberately struck Delatorre after a dispute over a girl. The driver is in custody.

"My son, he was a good kid. He loves to play basketball. He likes to go out a lot," said Leticia Delatorre, victim's mother.

"There might have been a possible discussion or argument thread online or chat spaces on the computer," said Sgt. Tom Davis, Niles Police Department.

Delatorre's mother said the family had just moved to unincorporated Des Plaines to give their children a better life.

The teen accused of hitting Delatorre was initially being held on aggravated battery charges.


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