Chicago boy murdered after refusing to hand over bicycle to teen

by Rob Staffor
WMAQ News

A 14-year-old Chicago boy who was shot in the head Sunday night while trying to stop another teen steal his friend's bicycle has died.

Samuel Benavente was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 2:47 p.m. Monday, a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said.

Benavente was shot after a boy tried to steal a bicycle from one of his friends.

Witnesses say the teenage boy who tried to steal the bike left at first, but later returned with a gun.

"I want justice!" said Benavente's mother. "He was a good kid, he didn't bother nobody with no gang!"

Chicago Police Commander Leo Schmitz said police were investigating the incident.
 
"We're hitting the area, and we're trying to find some leads on this one," he said.

Counselors were helping students at Benavente's school, Eberhart Elementary, to cope with their grief.

Teachers told students that no possession was worth dying for.

"Everyone is shocked, so upset because it is such a tragic and senseless killing," said Nneka Gunn, the principal.