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Chicago Police arrest killer of 9-year-old with help of community

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On Monday, Chicago police say they arrested a suspect in the shooting of Janari Ricks, aged nine, who was shot to death on Friday as he played in a vacant lot near a former housing project.

“According to authorities, 9-year-old Janari Ricks was standing in a parking lot in the 900 block of North Cambridge at approximately 6:45 p.m. Friday when a person began firing shots. Janari, who police said was not the intended target, was hit in the chest and taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” says NBC News Chicago.

Darrell Johnson was arrested on Sunday and faces felony first-degree murder charges in the slaying of Janari Ricks. Johnson, 39, was allegedly targeting someone in a feud, missed his target and hit Ricks instead.

The Chicago Tribune says that Janari is amongst the 24 children under the age of 10 that have been killed in Chicago so far this year.  

Police were quick to credit the members of the community for coming forward to help them identify the suspect.

“We’re not in this position without the help of the community who came forward and gave us information which allowed us to identify and arrest the suspect,” said Chicago Police Department (CPD) Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan.

The city’s Superintendent of Police, David Brown, said he hoped the cooperation from citizens marks a turning point in Chicago’s struggle against shootings.

“I would encourage those communities that don’t have a sense of trust [in the CPD] to look at this community as an example of how they can be made safer by bringing violent criminal offenders to justice, off the streets of Chicago, which makes their neighborhoods safer,” Brown said.

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