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Another man charged in murder linked to Tyshawn Lee’s slaying

Tyshawn Lee was lured into an alley and executed as retaliation in a gang war, police say. | Photo provided by Karla Lee

Another reputed member of a faction of the Gangster Disciples street gang has been charged in a deadly gang-related shooting that led to the execution-stye murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee.

On Thursday, Cook County Judge James Brown ordered 23-year-old Khalil Yameen held without bond for the 2015 murder of Tracey Morgan and the attempted murder of Morgan’s mother.

Yameen’s alleged accomplice, Christopher Smith, 24, faced Brown on Friday. He also was ordered held without bond

After Yameen and Smith killed Morgan and wounded his mother last Oct. 13, Morgan’s brother, Corey, sought revenge, according to prosecutors.

Enraged that his brother was killed and his “mama was shot” as part of a feud between rival gangs, Corey Morgan proclaimed that “he was going to kill grandmas, mamas, kids and all,” according to prosecutors.

Corey Morgan and two fellow members of his gang allegedly lured Tyshawn from Dawes Park and into a nearby alley last Nov. 2 by promising to buy the boy candy. One of those men allegedly gunned down Tyshawn.

Authorities believe Tyshawn was targeted as part of the gang war.

The Morgan brothers — members of a gang called Bang Bang Terrordome, a faction of the Black P Stones — had been feuding with the Gangster Disciples faction that includes Yameen, Smith and Tyshawn’s father, Pierre Stokes.

Tyshawn’s murder, authorities said, was meant to avenge the earlier killing of Tracey Morgan.

Tracey Morgan, 25, was killed as he was being driven home by his mother after he had left a police-sponsored meeting of parolees whose goal was to resolve gang conflicts in the area. Smith was also at the meeting, in the 7700 block of South State, and had called Yameen requesting that guns be brought there, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said on Friday.

During the car ride, Morgan’s mother, then 56, noticed that they were being followed by a silver sedan that had been parked outside the meeting, Santini said.

As they headed toward South Lafayette and 83rd Street, the car passed them on the left, then cut in front of them and stopped, Santini said. Meanwhile, another vehicle stopped behind the mother and son, boxing them in.

That’s when Yameen and Smith allegedly got out of the stopped cars, came up to the Morgans’ vehicle and pumped 15 rounds into it.

Tracey Morgan was shot 11 times. Although his mother also suffered a gunshot wound in the arm, she managed to drive to a nearby gas station and call for help.

Tyshawn was killed a few days later.

And a few days before that on Oct. 18, 19-year-old Brianna Jenkins was also killed in retaliation for Tracey Morgan’s murder.

Smith admitted his role in Tracey Morgan’s slaying to another person, saying he “aired the car out,” Santini said.

Cellphone tower records also show Smith’s mobile phone at the site of the parole meeting — as well the murder scene, Santini said. Records also show Yameen and Smith, of the 7900 block of South Paulina, called each other before the murder, Santini said.

Corey Morgan, Dwright Boone-Doty, and Kevin Edwards — the alleged getaway driver in Tyshawn’s murder — are all awaiting trial in Cook County Jail.

Tyshawn’s father, Stokes, was held without bond in March after he was charged with shooting three people in the Gresham neighborhood. One of those victims is the girlfriend of one of the men suspected of killing his son.