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Teen charged with murder at Morse Red Line station

Dylan Young, 17, is accused of gunning down Joel Jenkins inside the Morse CTA Red Line station.

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A teenage boy was charged with a fatal shooting that happened Sept. 15, 2020, at the Morse Red Line station.
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A 17-year-old boy was charged with shooting a man to death at the Morse CTA Red Line station after the teenager was allegedly identified as the gunman by his mother.

CTA surveillance cameras recorded the victim, Joel Jenkins, walking up to the Red Line station, at 1358 W. Morse Ave., with another person shortly after 6 p.m. on Sept. 15.

Jenkins and his companion stopped outside and began looking through a bag when Dylan Young approached them and pulled out a gun, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.

Young — who was wearing a face mask with the word “Chicago” printed on it and a distinctive Nike hoodie — then fired at least six times, striking Jenkins, prosecutors said.

Jenkins, 26, of South Shore, was pronounced dead a short time later at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

After the shooting, Young ran into a black SUV, prosecutors said.

Patrol officers who heard the shots briefly pursued the SUV, but then ended the chase, prosecutors said.

Young’s mother was shown video and images from the shooting. She identified her son in images in which he was seen with and without his face mask, prosecutors said.

The teenager, who has been charged as an adult, was also seen in Facebook photos wearing the same hoodie and “Chicago” face mask that the shooter had on, prosecutors said.

In October, Young was charged with unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly carrying a handgun with an extended clip.

The gun was a different caliber than the one used to shoot Jenkins, but cellphone records showed that Young was in areas where he was also recorded on surveillance cameras, prosecutors said.

Young was released on electronic monitoring for the gun charge. But he was arrested again Thursday for Jenkins’ murder.

Prosecutors’ evidence against Young was only circumstantial, an assistant public defender said Friday.

“There is no indication that these items of clothing are so unique that ... it has to be Mr. Young that was wearing that particular clothing,” the assistant public defender told Judge Mary Marubio.

Young attends high school and lives with his grandmother, who is his legal guardian, the assistant public defender added.

Marubio ordered Young held without bail.

He is expected back in court Feb. 25.