Defendant: Joseph Chico

Charges: First-degree murder and attempted murder Chico, a member of the Latin Dragons street gang, is among four men charged in the Sept. 1, 2008 shooting death of 10-year-old Nequiel Fowler, who was hit by a bullet intended for a gang member. Luis Pena, a fellow gang member, is the the accused gunman. Another gang member, Antoine Lacy, is also charge with murder and attempted murder, as is a fourth man, Raymond Jones. Pena entered an alley that separates Dragons turf in the 8700 block of South Escanaba Avenue from Latin Kings turf on Exchange Avenue, an alley prosecutors said the two gangs have turned into a shooting gallery. He allegedly sprayed bullets from a .380-caliber handgun down a gangway at 8278 S. Exchange Ave. just as Nequiel and her blind sister, Valerie Williams, 5, stepped into sight. Valerie was uninjured, but one of the bullets pierced Nequiel just below her arm, lodging in her chest. She died later at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. Pena, 20, of the 10800 block of South Avenue B, and Lacy, 25, of Sauk Village, were ordered held without bail. Chico, 23, of the 11400 block of South Champlain Avenue, and Jones, 18, of the 8700 block of South Escanaba Avenue, were held in lieu of $1 million bail.
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