Two men were convicted today for their roles in the 2008 killing of a 10-year-old girl who was caught in a gang shooting in the city’s
Earlier in the day, a separate jury convicted Raymond Jones, 22, of
Two other people were also charged in the murder of Nequiel, who was shot in the 8700 block of South Exchange Avenue on
Closing arguments in the murder trial of the alleged shooter, Luis Pena, 23, of Chicago, are scheduled for Wednesday morning.
The fourth defendant, Joseph Chico, 27, of Chicago, was also originally charged with murder but agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge and testified against the others.
Chico told jurors last week that he, Pena and Lacy were in the Latin Dragons gang and that they had met up with Jones — who was not a member of the gang — at East 87th Street and South Exchange to shoot rival Latin Kings. Chico said he and Lacy were nearby when they heard about six gunshots and fled with Pena minutes later.
Nequiel was shot in her left side and collapsed to the ground, while her sister, unaware that Nequiel had been mortally wounded, hung on to a nearby gate and called out to her sister. Neighbors at the time had said that Valerie often followed Nequiel around with her hands inside her big sister's back pocket.
Nequiel's mother, Linda Williams, had tears in her eyes but smiled as she stood outside the courtroom moments after Lacy was convicted.
"I feel better," she said. "Justice has been served so far. This relieves some stress, but it's not going to bring Nequiel back."
Williams said she planned to attend closing arguments in Pena's trial Wednesday morning.