Teen Charged in Fatal 2021 Shooting of 15-Year-Old Simeon High Schooler

Kentrell McNeal was one of two Simeon students killed in separate shootings just hours apart

A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

A Chicago teen was arrested this week on a murder charge, more than a year after prosecutors say he killed a 15-year-old boy and wounded a 14-year-old in a shooting outside a Hyde Park gas station.

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Amare Weatherspoon, 17, is facing charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery stemming from the Sept. 21, 2021 shooting. While he is a juvenile, his case was transferred to adult court and he was ordered held without bond during a hearing Wednesday afternoon.

That shooting left Kentrell McNeal, 15, dead. He was one of two Simeon Career Academy High School students killed in separate shootings just hours apart that day.

According to Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Cooper, McNeal, the 14-year-old victim and three of their friends drove to a BP gas station near 52nd Street and South Lake Park Avenue at around 6:30 p.m.

All five people exited the vehicle and walked toward the gas station’s store when Weatherspoon — who was 16 years old at the time — and two of his friends simultaneously walked by, Cooper said. The two groups “exchanged looks,” according to Cooper, before Weatherspoon and his friends crossed the street toward a nearby McDonald’s.

Moments later, as the victims and their friends got back into their car and drove onto Lake Park Avenue, Weatherspoon allegedly fired multiple shots into the vehicle, striking McNeal in the head and the 14-year-old victim once in his leg.

The boys’ friends rushed them to the hospital, where McNeal was pronounced dead. The other victim survived his injuries.

No motive for the shooting was provided during Wednesday’s hearing.

According to Cooper, the entire incident was recorded on surveillance video. Weatherspoon was also allegedly seen on video earlier that day inside Kenwood Academy High School, which he attended, wearing the same clothes and carrying the same backpack he was seen with at the shooting scene.

Multiple witnesses also identified Weatherspoon in surveillance videos and still photos, Cooper said. An arrest warrant was issued for Weatherspoon days after the shooting, and he eventually turned himself in to Chicago police Tuesday.

He is due back in court for a hearing Nov. 1.

Contact Matt Masterson: @ByMattMasterson[email protected] | (773) 509-5431


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