CHICAGO (CBS)) — A West Side man accused of murdering an 18-year-old student from Roberto Clement High School will remain in jail. WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports bond was denied during a brief court hearing today.
34-year-old Larry Luellen according to prosecutors was aiming at someone else when he allegedly shot and killed 18-year-old Frances Colon, the third student from Roberto Clemente High School to be killed this school year.
Frances Colon’s father said she was going to be a lawyer. The Clemente senior was coming out of a store last Friday evening on the 1100 block of North Pulaski when she was shot in the back.
The intended target was the son of a pastor who police said would not cooperate in the investigation. It is alleged there was a dispute over a drug deal and Luellen intended to shoot the unidentified man but hit Colon instead.
The reluctance of witnesses and victims to talk to police, the so-called “code of silence,” because of fear and sometimes a desire to take justice into their own hands, is according to police the reason so many crimes go unsolved.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said an anonymous tip led to an arrest and that tip lines will be a focus of the police department in the future.
“One of the things that we know we can do is get more information from the public by setting up anonymous tip lines with reward systems so that is something that we’re working on right now. Should be rolled out very quickly,” said McCarthy.
In addition to those tip lines, McCarthy reiterated a three-week old strategy of what he calls oversaturating areas with a high propensity for crime, a strategy he said is paying off.