Gang member found guilty of teenage girl’s 2012 murder

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Joseph Sanders | Cook County sheriff’s office

A gang member has been found guilty of murder for the 2012 shooting death of a 17-year-old Chicago Ridge girl in the McKinley Park neighborhood on the South Side.

Joseph Sanders, 23, was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder for the death of Taylor Diorio on Aug. 18, 2012, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. Prosecutors said Sanders is a “Chicago street gang member.”

Diorio was the front-seat passenger in a car driving in the 2400 block of West 35th early that morning when the car stopped in front of Sanders’ home and another passenger briefly got out, prosecutors said. Sanders claimed a bottle was thrown at him when he looked out a second-story window, and he responded by firing a gun multiple times at the car.

One of the shots struck Diorio in the right side of the head, prosecutors said. When Sanders started shooting, the other passenger got back in the car and the driver drove to a hospital.

Diorio, who lived in the 10800 block of Major Avenue in Chicago Ridge, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 3:29 p.m. that day, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Sanders’ next court date is scheduled for March 24 for post-trial motions and sentencing, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

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