Three boys charged with fatal shooting during North Lawndale robbery

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They intended to pull off an armed robbery. But the three teens did it in front of numerous witnesses, ran away with no proceeds and killed a 15-year-old boy in the process, a prosecutor said Sunday.

Two of the teens charged in the case — Aaron Bynum, 16, and Keon Frazier, 15 — appeared in court Sunday before Judge Laura Sullivan, who ordered them held on $900,000 and $1 million bail respectively.

Each was charged as an adult with robbery and murder. A 14-year-old boy also was charged but did not appear in court.

The three approached another group of teens about 11 p.m. Wednesday outside a convenience store at 4155 W. Cullerton Ave. in the North Lawndale neighborhood and announced a robbery, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Sarah Karr said.

When Frazier pulled out a gun, everyone in the group of potential victims ran, except for Kimon Wheeler, 15, whom Frazier shot in the arm and chest, Karr said.

The three teens then fled without a dime to show for the robbery.

Wheeler, of the 2100 block of West Jackson, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:38 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Karr said numerous witnesses saw the shooting, including several who positively identified the teens.

Frazier has a lengthy juvenile court record and was on probation for a separate robbery case at the time of the shooting, Karr said.

Bynum, of the 5100 block of South King Drive, also has a criminal history, including charges from 2013 for possession of a stolen vehicle, Karr said.

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