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Second Teen Charged in Murder of Gay Youth

Terrance Wright, 18. Family photo.

A second teen has been charged in the murder of Terrance “Jawan” Wright, 18, a Chicago high school student. Jarone Carter, 16, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in Wright’s death, the Cook County State Attorney’s office announced. A 14-year-old boy, whose name has not been released due to his age, was charged in juvenile court earlier in the week.

Wright had recently transferred to a new high school in Chicago’s Far South Side, to escape the bullying he endured at his old school. On October 19, Wright was fatally shot after police say five teens tried to rob him. Wright’s family believes that his sexual orientation was the reason for his killing. ”I believe they only did that to him because he was gay,” Wright’s brother Javone, 16, told CBS. His uncle, Tawayn Bouldin, doesn’t think robbery was the motive: ”What they going to rob him of – his books?”

Police say the 14-year-old suspect was the gunman. Police say his mother turned him in.

Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest. His 19th birthday would have been October 28.

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