Two teens charged in brutal ’09 killing of 15-year-old

Two Chicago teenagers are found guilty in the brutal 2009 killing of a 15-year-old boy.

19-year-olds Jovanny Martinez and Erick Ortiz were convicted of first-degree murder Monday.

Prosecutors say the two confronted Alex Arellano while he was walking on West 54th Place in Gage Park, and demanded he flash gang signs.

When he refused, they beat him with bats, shot him and burned his body.

Sentencing has not been set. Two other gang members are already in prison in connection with the slaying.

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6 comments

  • EL Toro

    Bunch of cowards and losers, they ought to be stoned to death. All gangbangers are losers and punks, they won't fight you one on one that is why they think they are tough because they need others to do something stupid. COWARDS!

    • Brian Millersmith

      The biggest problem we (as a country/nation) face, is that we don't encourage or allow "cruel and unusual punishment." I firmly believe that if a person is found guilty of a crime such as this, IMMEDIATELY – the guilty party should be taken out in public, tortured and s-l-o-w-l-y killed in a similar fashion AND have the entire thing televised nation-wide.

  • Conway

    If we sent these cowards to fight in Afganistan you could see these cowards crying like babies, they are not tough they are bums.

  • bozo

    I'm sure that the coalition against the death penalty will be holding a candle light vigil for these two fine pieces of humanity.

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