MORRIS, Ailing. (WLS) — The girl killed in a taking pictures in Morris, Illinois, Thursday has been recognized, and an adolescent has been charged in her homicide.
The Grundy County Coroner’s Workplace mentioned Friday morning that Beverly A. Lambert, 25, of Shorewood died within the incident.
Lambert was taken to Morris Hospital after the taking pictures, the place she was pronounced useless at 6:55 p.m., the coroner’s workplace mentioned.
An post-mortem is scheduled for Friday.
Cortez Rice, 16, has been charged with first-degree homicide in reference to the incident, Morris officers mentioned Friday.
He’s presently being held at River Valley Detention Heart in Joliet and appeared in courtroom Friday.
Each the suspect and sufferer’s households have been in courtroom.
Grundy County State’s Lawyer Jason Helland mentioned Lambert was selecting up her 1-year-old child from a caretaker within the residence complicated when she was shot twice at the back of the top.
The teenager then stole her automotive, Helland mentioned.
He then fled the scene, prompting a three-hour search by a number of police departments.
Police responded to the 500-block of Twilight Drive and requested folks within the space to shelter in place whereas they looked for the gunman about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
“A police officer type of waved to us and he mentioned, ‘Simply keep there, and got here down and mentioned, Now we have an energetic shooter. Simply stay inside,’” mentioned Mike Ryerson, who lives close by. “There was an uptick in violent incidents these days which has all the time been very uncommon for Morris.”
Police have been in a position to monitor down the suspect from license plate reader know-how that was put in on the entrance and exit of the neighborhood only one month in the past.
Utilizing flock digicam know-how, officers have been in a position to monitor the suspect leaving the scene of the taking pictures at an residence complicated off Twilight Drive round 4:30 p.m. and coming into one other close by neighborhood.
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“After which was being tracked by means of a number of cameras, catching him at intersections they usually have been in a position to shut in,” mentioned Stan Knudson, with town of Morris.
A person was taken into custody; police haven’t supplied any further info on the suspect
Neighbors are saying how uncommon it’s for one thing like this to occur right here.
“It shocked me that it occurred. I imply, I grew up in Chicago, and on the South Facet of Chicago, that was nothing. However right here, this can be a very good space,” mentioned Paul Wagner, who additionally lived close by.
Helland mentioned the teenager can be charged as an grownup and will resist 40 years in jail.
Given the teenager’s legal historical past, his bond was set at $5 million. He’ll subsequent seem in courtroom on August 18.
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