Before they were viciously pummeled and knifed last month in the Canaryville neighborhood, two siblings and a friend met several people while headed to a park and agreed to give them a ride and hang out for a while.
On May 30, shortly after 3 a.m., they made their way to Taylor-Lauridsen Park and met up with a larger group, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Akash Vyas said at a bond hearing Sunday.
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Kevin Hoynes, 21, one of the three who hitched a ride, got into an argument with another person at the park, Vyas said.
The male sibling, 26, tried to defuse the argument, but Hoynes and the person he was arguing with turned on him, Vyas said.
His 30-year-old sister tried to intervene, but she also was attacked by as many as 10 people, Vyas said. The siblings’ friend also was attacked.
One of the attackers, Courtney Vega, 19, pulled a knife and stabbed the female sibling in the arm while she as on the ground, Vyas said, and then stabbed the male sibling twice in the chest. Vega then handed the knife to Hoynes, who stabbed the male sibling four times in the ribs, Vyas said. He suffered a punctured lung.
In a television news interview, the sister said the attackers shouted racial slurs at the victims, who are black. She also wrote about the attack on Facebook, describing how a peaceful experience turned bad. The post included graphic photos of her injuries. All three victims were treated at Stroger Hospital and released.
On Sunday, a Cook County judge ordered Vega and Hoynes held on $175,000 bail. David Rice, 21, and Joya Urbikas, 18, were held on $75,000 bail.
Each was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of attempted murder and one count of mob action.
All four are part of the Insane Deuces street gang, according to court records.