16-year-old boy charged with murder of Zion woman struck by stray bullet inside home

An arrest warrant has been issued for the teen in the death of Melanie Yates, 23, in the 2800 block of Enoch Avenue in the north suburb.

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A warrant has been issued for teenage boy charged with murder in the shooting death of Zion woman.

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A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a Zion woman who was struck by a stray bullet while in her north suburban home.

An arrest warrant was issued for Zechariah C. Myles charging him with first-degree murder, according to the Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli.

Detectives have attempted to arrest Myles but believe he is “actively working to avoid apprehension,” Covelli said. The teen has been charged as an adult.

Myles, of Zion, left his home the night of Oct. 17 and began “recklessly” shooting a rifle toward someone, Covelli said.

Melanie Yates, 23, was struck by one of the rounds inside her home in the 2800 block of Enoch Avenue, Covelli said.

A Lake County Judge set bond on the arrest warrant at $3 million.

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