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Boy, 14, fatally shot after mom dropped him off to visit girl in Back of the Yards: prosecutors

Prosecutors said before the teen died, he was able to tell officers the name of the person who shot him. Alejandro Martinez, 16, has been arrested and charged as an adult with first-degree murder.

A man is charged with firing shots at a Calumet City police officer March 25, 2021. Adobe Stock Photo

A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed earlier this week shortly after being dropped off by his mother to meet up with a girl in Back of the Yards, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.

Officers found 14-year-old Luis Cornejo shot multiple times about 1 a.m. Monday in the 1800 block of West 46th Street.

Alejandro Martinez, 16, has been arrested and charged as an adult with first-degree murder, with the help of Cornejo’s own words.

Despite Cornejo’s grave injuries, he was able to tell officers that the person who shot him was named “Alex” and that he had gone into a nearby building after the shooting, prosecutors said.

The boy’s dying declaration was recorded by an officer’s body-worn camera and also heard by a high school friend who was on Facetime with Cornejo when he talked to police, prosecutors said.

Surveillance cameras recorded Cornejo getting dropped off by his mother and then standing in front of a building. A person in a hooded sweatshirt emerged from a gangway and shot him five times, prosecutors said, before running back toward the rear of the building.

Cornejo was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died.

Cornejo’s friend told investigators that Cornejo was meeting a girl, prosecutors said. Cornejo’s friend, according to prosecutors, identified the gunman as Martinez.

Martinez was taken into custody Wednesday, according to prosecutors.

Judge Mary Marubio ordered Martinez held without bail.

He was expected back in court Dec. 22.