Bond was denied today for a man accused of gunning down a 15-year-old boy celebrating his birthday outside a relative’s West Side home in 2011.
Karl Allen, 20, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of
Jovany Diaz in the 4300 block of West Hirsch Street, in the city’s Humboldt Park
About 10 p.m. on June 13, 2011, Diaz was
standing with a cousin outside a home celebrating his birthday when Allen pulled
up in a vehicle, got out and opened fire.
Diaz was shot once in the chest and died at Mt. Sinai
Hospital later that night. The cousin, later identified as 19-year-old Robert
Diaz, was grazed in the hand.
Allen, of the 4200 block of West
Crystal Street, was arrested on Tuesday by the Chicago police Fugitive
Apprehension Team. He was then identified in a lineup by a witness who
saw him running from the scene.
Jovany Diaz, who was
a freshman at Amundsen High School at the time of his slaying, had no known gang
affiliation, authorities said at the time. His family and friends described him
as a friendly and outgoing teen who loved basketball.
gathered at a memorial site for Diaz the day after he was killed, gunfire
erupted on the block and a 25-year-old man was wounded in the legs.
The alleged shooter, Michael Martinez, 24, pleaded guilty
to aggravated battery with a firearm and was sentenced to 10 years in prison