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Police Ask Public’s Help In Solving Murder Of 13-Year-Old

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Darius Brown, 13, was killed while playing a game of pickup basketball at a park in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood on Aug. 3, 2011. He died early the next morning. (Brown Family Photo)

Darius Brown, 13, was killed while playing a game of pickup basketball at a park in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood on Aug. 3, 2011. He died early the next morning. (Brown Family Photo)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police seek the public’s help in tracking down those responsible for the fatal shooting of a South Side 13-year-old who was cut down by a stray bullet Wednesday while playing basketball.

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Police have a surveillance camera photo that shows a late-model white sedan heading south on State Street, and Wentworth Area Violent Crimes Sgt. Shawn McGavock said several people have told detectives that they believe the shots were fired from that car. 

There may have been two people in the car, believed to be a 2007 model or later, and either a compact or mid-size car.   

Beyond that, McGavock says, they know little about who shot Darius Brown as he played in Metcalfe Park, at 43rd and State Streets.

white car Police Ask Publics Help In Solving Murder Of 13 Year Old

Chicago police released this image of a light-colored car that may be linked to Wednesday's fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy. (Chicago Police Dept.)

“The park was crowded. There were kids there playing basketball while other people were there in the park sitting,” he said.  “I can’t say how many people, but it was enough people out there that maybe they may have seen something.”

McGavock said his detectives still believe that Darius was not the intended target.  He also said he does not believe this shooting was related to another recently at 43rd and State, in which someone shot a man as he smoked a cigarette.

The victim’s mother, Stephanie Brown, attended a vigil in her son’s honor at the park on Thursday night.

“We’ve got to stop this violence amongst our young. We’re going to have a whole generation of young men that’s just wiped out,” Brown said.

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