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2 teens charged in shooting death of boy, 14

Two teens have been charged in the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

Damien Garza, 19, of the 4500 block of South Wood Street, and Javier Garza, 17, of the 2900 block of North 75th Court in Elmwood Park have been charged with murder, according to police and prosecutors. Both are scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.

Michael Orozco, 14, was shot in the chest Sunday, in the 2200 block of South Leavitt.

Shortly after the shooting, three people were taken into custody for questioning. The third person taken into custody was released without charges, police said.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

ABOVE PHOTO: Damien Garza, 19, left, and Javier Garza, 17, were arrested and charged in connection to the murder of 14-year-old Michael Orozco. (Chicago Police Dept. / April 9, 2013)

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80 Comments to “2 teens charged in shooting death of boy, 14”

    AnMDBCartoon said:
    April 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Both of 'em…but ESPECIALLY…the one on the left, with all that war paint on its face…deserve, well…

    What's that? The Death Penalty was ABOLISHED in Illinois??

    Mebbe they can do canings like in Singapore; One strike for every year of EACH of their ages, as well as each year of the victim they murdered…Not forgetting each year of whatever sentence they serve..

      Todd Pardee said:
      April 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Gang tats on the other ones neck right side too

      wisconsinite said:
      April 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      what ever happened too making many little rocks out of one big rock ?

        Jay said:
        April 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        I know we shouldn't judge based on looks, but……

    Fed up said:
    April 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Those two look like fine upstanding citizens. Once again, thanks for making Chicago look ghetto to the rest of the nation….

      CHI-TOWN GHETTO said:
      April 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      2 College grad students. They will look real good in pin stripes.

    Enrique said:
    April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    They are not teens! They’re criminal gang-bangers. We need to take the gloves off and deal with the gang-bangers harshly. Fight fire with fire.

      Fed up said:
      April 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Couldn't agree more! We need to stop these "hug a thug" programs, and sentence them to hard labor. Make jail hard enough that they're scared to go back!

      Todd Pardee said:
      April 10, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      At 14 and 19, they are pretty much teens. Teens that are thugs and gang bangers, but teens by definition certainly…

    Pilsen Resident said:
    April 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Send them to North Korea in the front line… With just a steak Knife to defend themselves.. Jeesh!!! I'm not that cruel!!

      the1nonly24 said:
      April 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Your right if they like guns so much then let them go fight for our country instead of killing our own people they need to make examples of these 2 so that others will think twice before they shoot someone else

        United States AF said:
        April 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Their ethos will not be there. They do not value others. I will not fight fight along side someone who doesn't care about my welfare. Don't allow these guys to fight for you.

    45th said:
    April 9, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Yes free them!

      stkk said:
      April 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      hope he rots in hell

      Gangbanger Warrant said:
      April 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Free them you scum bag. Your next.

      guest said:
      April 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      yea free them so we can kill them

    Molly said:
    April 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    When will it end?? I wish they would reinstate the death penalty.

    Dee said:
    April 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Free someone who killed another human being? Let alone a child? Those two are just as worthless as you are. How about you join them. Morons.

      GANGBANGERS SUCK said:
      April 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Just look at their cowardly names. They are gangbangers. Yes they are morons

    Chimom said:
    April 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Ok, let's not generalize here just because they are latino. They could have been white, black, asian, etc. We see ALL races on the news commit these types of crimes.

      spe said:
      April 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Exactly right i agree this kind of vicious attacks are everywhere not just the latinos! But i have to say that our prisons are crowded and we can't send them to another country they'll come after us. Those that murder people need to be off our planet, send them all to mars and they can kill themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Attitude killer said:
      April 10, 2013 at 6:38 AM

      Yeah we'll it's really only ethics who walk around "plugged" with dope money in their pockets

      Todd Pardee said:
      April 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Wrong! You NEVER hear about the swedes in Andersonville doing this.

    the1nonly24 said:
    April 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    They need to put these fools away for life or punish them by death

    Todd Pardee said:
    April 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Immigration status of them? Their parents?

      SPE said:
      April 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      EVERYONE WAS A AN IMMIGRANT ONCE UPON A TIME!

        Todd Pardee said:
        April 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Some legal, some not! That’s the status in asking for! Papers please? I got mine!

        spe said:
        April 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        Stay the Topic please.

      BURRITO KING said:
      April 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      NO SABE

    martha said:
    April 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    who says thr mexican??

      Panch Villa said:
      April 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Well, Its a reeeeeeeeeeal tough guess, but I will say that dont look European to me. I m taking a wild guess at this but I would say Viva Mexico

        daddy said:
        April 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        you are a clever one my friend thanks for clarifyingit for us. now i know that if some one doesn't look European they must be illegals and from Mexico lol idiot!

    SPE said:
    April 9, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    AMEN TO THAT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!

    SPE said:
    April 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    LOOK BRO ITS EVERY PLACE NOT JUST THE ILLEGALS GET RIGHT DUDE!

      SPE said:
      April 9, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      I MEAN GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME! ITS EVERY NATIONALITY IN THIS WHOLE COUNTRY!!!!!

    jeff said:
    April 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    lets start hanging!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 i'm in whats dead beat banger first ??????????????????

    jeff said:
    April 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    hey they should pay citizens for murder a thug for hire ?

    318mopar said:
    April 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I think that tattoo spells idiota.

    Gringo said:
    April 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Si . I agrees with you amigo. Buenos Nachos

    Clint said:
    April 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Dirty Harry , where are you..this town needs an enema..

    the1nonly24 said:
    April 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Even if he was a gang member these guys were looking for someone to kill they said that in there confession so all I can say is I'm very happy they are off the street and I hope they do some serious time they want to act big and bad well now they can live the rest of there no good lives in prison!

    RUDY said:
    April 9, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Gangs is the devils work.evil doers repent.when you die are you going to Heaven ?if not you will burn in the lake of fire says the Bible.accept Jesus as your savior.i lost many relatives due to gangs .gangs are demonic idols

      SATIN SUCKS said:
      April 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      RUDY, RUDY RUDY… LOVES YO COMMENT BRO

      spe said:
      April 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      I agree with you! Amen

    L..M. said:
    April 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    My condolences… I will not say whats really on my mind..all this hate
    talk really Is whats wrong in this world today..
    Rest in peace…you are in a better place…

    RUDY said:
    April 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    And everyone judging people we are all sinners .satan and his demons make you there puppet.watch them evil thoughts are you possesed

      wisconsinite said:
      April 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      your real deep thinker

      Jeff said:
      April 10, 2013 at 6:55 AM

      So I guess reacting the movie death wish isn't a good idea ??????

      spe said:
      April 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      I totally agree with you and understand where you're coming from but as you can see people don't know how to respond and take this as a joke until one day it happens to you and you're on national T.V.

    deji said:
    April 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Im in Iowa And Its like Iowa is Turning to a mini chcago…in the Gangway atleast

    h g said:
    April 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    you are not to judge my grandson damien only god can judge him some day hope you dont find yourself in the same situation

    concerned said:
    April 9, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Free them??? NO more like FEED them to the lions at Lincoln park zoo dipped in chicken blood. sell tickets for us to watch idiots like this get what they deserve. not just them but EVERY gangbanger in the city of Chicago

    emilyfrancia said:
    April 9, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Just b.c they are gangbangers they should die ha you guys are funny !
    Yes they Are TEENAGERS
    -It is when they are teenagers become a gangbanger when they are young but you dont know what they go threw they are human too and deserves second chances
    No one deserves a death penatly
    Accidents do happen
    And there are always TWO sides of the story the boy that died might have gotten invovled with something you never know who noes what !
    You people that are saying they shoukd die dont live in the streets nor dont know what what its like
    In the END EVERYYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE JUST LIKE GOD GIVES US WHY CANT WE ??

    No disrespect to him or his family may he rest in PEACE

      Tired of Crap said:
      April 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Where are all the victim's second chances? Second chances to go to prom. Second chances to ask a girl for the first time. Second chance to be asked out on someone she had a crush on. Second chance to meet someone, get married and raise a well respected family. How can you say that someone that gunned downed another human being should get a second chance when the person they gunned down hasn't received a first chance? If you have a choice to kill someone or not and you make the wrong choice, then it's time to live with your idiotic choices. No, I don't know what it's like because I chose to educate myself. I didn't choose the streets and there is no reason for turning to the streets. I'm sorry, but I don't give sympathy to someone who chose to do wrong.

      spe said:
      April 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      You must have alot to learn about the streets because i'm sure if these punks did it to someone in your family you would want the death penalty.

    sinner said:
    April 9, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I completely agree with you no disrespect but all these people see are the suppose criminals that shot but don't realize that probably this so called innocent lil kid was more than that innocent.

    Tired of Crap said:
    April 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Let's start protecting the good kids. Stop the bad ones from gang banging and having kids that we support because they can't. If you want to have kids, support them without our money. If the kids look like gang bangers or the mom won't give father information then deny the benefits. If there are gang ties that should be an automatic denial of benefits. Support the politicians that support better gun laws not the ones that are bought by the NRA. Why do they cowardly stalk the streets? If you want to fire a gun, then sign up with the Army. Maybe that should be the sentence. We have enough wars going on. Let them see what a real fight is, not a cowardly fight.

    bobhamiltonchicago said:
    April 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Chicago and Cook County need to build a much larger jail.

      kirby1414 said:
      April 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      And a work camp…

      Jeff said:
      April 10, 2013 at 6:48 AM

      Accidental fire and to forget about the inmates

    kirby1414 said:
    April 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Maria – I am with you 150%!! An eye for an eye!! You said exactly what I would have said !

    Thank you~

    Robbie55555 said:
    April 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    These guys don't deserve to live in the US. Tag them and send them somewhere were they won't come back.

    Robbie55555 said:
    April 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    These guy don't deserve to live in the US. Tag me and send them to somewhere will they won't come back.

    Robbie55555 said:
    April 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    These guys don't deserve to live in the US. Tag me and send them to somewhere will they won't come back.

    jack said:
    April 9, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    There can be no sympathy for gangbangers.they are like vermin. They ruin our communities, tear families apart, shed innocent blood.IT NEEDS TO STOP. They have a choice just like we all do: to do right or wrong.they made their choice let them pay. I hope they get Chicago’s harsh judge and recieve a tough well deserved punishment. The victim was not as innocent as they claim.i wish people would post the pictures I’ve seen of him throwing up gang signs. He choose that path, within years he might have been hurting others as well. Sad part his parents are left with unanswered questions and a deep unhealable hurt in their heart. IT NEEDS TO STOP. My condolences to all those families, of the victim and these idiots. They ruined their lives in addition their families and our community.

    A L said:
    April 9, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    You are one ignorant, stupid s.o.b, if they were white you wouldn't be saying these damn comments. Yes, its sad and disgusting to see my fellow Latino males giving us a bad time. You're talking about YOUR BORDER? please, if you go back into history this is NO ONE"S border but the Native Americans, so if I was you I would refrain from writing ignorant comments like that, then you wonder why everyone hates this country? Its cause of ignorant piece of s..t jerks like you!!

      Jeff said:
      April 10, 2013 at 6:40 AM

      In my natural border I was born in,pay taxes in ,pay for my goods in , vote for well the crap to lie to me in,

      Jramos said:
      April 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      Right on

      Todd Pardee said:
      April 10, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Wrong! We bought that border for a box of beads and a case of whiskey! They thought it was a good deal at the time!

    Guest said:
    April 9, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    To everyone that commented, some of these comments are as ignorant as the guys arrested. Yes they are making Chicago look as a horrible city, it's pretty sad that this country came along so far to make decisions that are fair and rational. All that eye 4 an eyes mentality is stupid. Every race has there downfalls in this is too bad that hey happened to be Hispanic, they may not be the scientist and engineers that Obama is referring too, but there's a lot of ppl that want to come to the country and really contribute to this country

      Jeff said:
      April 10, 2013 at 6:50 AM

      I understand that's what my family did but to keep the kids on the right path is about love and a time to have responsibility shown and encouraged

      Todd Pardee said:
      April 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Contribute to the murder rate

      spe said:
      April 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      AMEN TO THAT! SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT.

    Attitude killer said:
    April 10, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Go scratch the sidewalk with your teeth useless cancer

    Attitude killer said:
    April 10, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Big words from some one who can't fend for himself and hides behind garbage cans at night

    Attitude killer said:
    April 10, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Well I guess YOU won't around that long either huh?

    Jramos said:
    April 10, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Hey be a little smart they didn't have to sneak across the border they are Puerto Ricans so they are American citizens like you.

    Esco said:
    April 10, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Never understood the tattooing of the face, how can someone be so loyal to a bunch of gangtards and do that?

      Todd Pardee said:
      April 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Do it or die, I think is how that works

    kid1339 said:
    April 10, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Obama is still in over his head .

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