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Monday July 16, 2012

Facebook Video Leads to Teen Suspects’ Arrest in Beating Death of Mexican Immigrant

Facebook Video Leads to Teen Suspects’ Arrest in Beating Death of Mexican Immigrant

Photo: Teen Murder Suspects Nicholas Ayala and Anthony Malcolm

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A Chicago judge has denied bail for three local teens charged in last week’s beating death of a disabled Mexican immigrant that was captured on video and posted on Facebook.

Malik Jones, 16, Nicholas Ayala, 17 and Anthony Malcolm,18, are each charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the brutal slaying of 62-year-old Delfino Mora, who is originally from Michoacan, Mexico.

Last Tuesday morning, Mora was found bleeding and unconscious in an alley in the Rogers Park neighborhood.  The following day he succumbed to his injuries and died according to the Chicago Tribune from blunt head trauma.  Mora was in the alley collecting scrap metals, he was robbed of $60.

Police report that Mora was approached by Jones accompanied by the other suspects with the intent of robbery.  The victim was punched and hit his head when he fell.  Ayala and Malcolm are also accused of video taping the entire incident on cell phone cameras and posting the incident on Facebook. 

In a tragic twist of fate, Mora’s youngest son Emanuel, saw the Facebook posting and identified his father as the victim on the video.  When police reviewed the video they identified the suspects and arrested them, recognizing Jones as a gang member. 

Mora worked in construction until a work accident fifteen-years-ago left him disabled and unable to work.  Mora will be buried in his native Mexico accompanied by his six sons and six daughters ranging in age from 17-to-40 years-old. 

All three teen suspects are being charged as adults and will return to court on August 3rd.