Chicago Teen Dies After Beating At Beach In Indiana

Updated 07/06/11 – 8:37 p.m.

LONG BEACH, Ind. (CBS) — A teenager from the Beverly neighborhood died on Wednesday, two days after he was beaten on an Indiana beach and police are seeking another Chicago teen who is charged in the boy’s death.

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Around 11:50 p.m. Monday, Long Beach, Ind., police responded to a call about a man who was unconscious at the beach after being beaten, according to Long Beach Police Chief Marshall Robert Sulkowski. On arrival, police found Kevin Kennelly Jr., 17, lying on the ground, unconscious, with several people standing around him.

Kennelly, of the 9900 block of South Damen Avenue, was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Michigan City, and later flown to St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point, due to the severity of his injuries.

He died just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Lake County (Ind.) Coroner’s office. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

Meantime, an arrest warrant has been issued for another Chicago resident — 19-year-old James K. Malecek — who is charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery, and battery, according to Sulkowski.

Chicago Police, the U.S. Marshal’s office and Illinois authorities are assisting Long Beach Police in the search for Malecek, according to Sulkowski.

Police said Kennelly intervened in a fight on the beach on Monday. Malecek allegedly hit Kennelly in the head during the fight.

Kennelly attended Mount Carmel High School, where he would have been a senior this fall and where was on the varsity baseball and soccer teams.

His father, Kevin Sr., is a Chicago Fire Department captain who survived a fall in May 2009, when a set of stairs collapsed under him and another firefighter while battling a fire in the Englewood neighborhood.

According to the Mt. Carmel website, visitation for Kevin Jr. will be held from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. on Friday at Mount Carmel Convocation Center, 6410 S. Dante Av.

A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Barnabas Parish, 10134 S. Longwood Dr., followed by burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kevin’s name to Mount Carmel High School.

  • Ephrain Silva

    why is the kid being charged with involuntary manslaughter sounds pretty voluntary to me…

    • pacman712

      Because it was a fight and supposedly the kid did not mean to kill him – so involuntary manslaughter. John obvoiusly got in a lucky punch because he such doesn’t look much like a fighter. It looks like the victim was a lot smaller than the suspect.

  • kay

    My friend was just in a fight at his school and its could have been worst but niether of them were arrested. Her son was defending hisself but the other young went to the hospital.

  • long beach visitor

    Why isnt the other person who was involved in the fight being charged with anything. Who and what started this altercation in the first place. Had there been no fight this kid wouldnt have intervened and at there ages fighting is a crime anyway. That other person should feel some responsiblity for the loss of this young mans life.

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  • smeagol

    well long beach visitor, the obvious possibility is that the other party in the original fight was also a victim of this violent thug. i hope he rots in jail.

  • Karate Kid

    Kid should have learned Karate from the YMCA

  • Taxpayer 2

    My condolence goes out to the decrease young man family. If the murderer is found guilty of this crime, then he should be put to death as well. Devilish acting people that do these kinds of crimes should be kill.

    It’s time to stop the devilish political games and get judges who will be for the innocent people. Edit some of these laws that’s on our books. Stop wasting tax payers money to just locking up someone.

    It is a shame that this young man and other young people lose their life over senseless murders. This is the greatest country on earth. But it’s rapidly becoming an evil and wicked country as well!

    Are we reaping for what we are sowing (spiritual)? Are we violating spiritual laws that has been set up by God? God bless.

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