Man recruited 3 teens to help carry out robbery that killed clerk: prosecutors

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CHICAGO — Prosecutors said a man recruited three teenage relatives to help him carry out a robbery that turned deadly on Friday.

Sammy Trice, 34, was due in bond court Monday.

Investigators said Trice targeted a convenience store on East 71st Street in Chicago's Park Manor neighborhood, along with his cousin, 17-year-old Anthony Carter, and 13- and 15-year-old relatives.

The store owner, 33-year-old Mujammed "Omar" Maali, was killed while exchanging fire with the group. The two juveniles were also set to appear in court Friday. A fifth suspect is still at large.

People in the Park Manor community were devastated about Maali's death. They said he would give you the shirt off his back and would help anyone he could.

“Sometimes people ran through their money,” a neighbor said. “He’ll look out for them until they get their next check.”

On the front door of his store, just above the shattered glass from the shooting, community alert flyers were posted to warn of robberies in the area.

“Unfortunately you have people out here who don't want to do anything for themselves,” a neighborhood said. “And take from others it's sad, not only is his family hurt people in this community are hurt we're going to miss that guy."

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