Man charged in shooting death of 15-year-old in North Lawndale

Marlon Welton, 20.

A 20-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of a teenager last week in the North Lawndale neighborhood, police said.

Marlon Welton, 20, is charged with first-degree murder in the June 16 shooting death of 15-year-old Martese Gentry, of the 800-block of South Kedzie Avenue.

Gentry was killed while watching two girls fight. Police said a man with a gun walked up to them in the 1400-block of South Millard Avenue around 5:35 p.m. and started shooting.

The teen was hit in the chest and stomach. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he later died.

Welton, of the 3300-block of West Douglas Boulevard, was scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday.
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