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Man Charged With Murder After 7-Year-Old Killed Inside Humboldt Park Home

Joseph Serrano, 19, and another person fired shots at rivals, who fired back — and one of the bullets went through the home of Akeem Briscoe, killing the 7-year-old, authorities said.

Akeem Briscoe, 7, was fatally shot Oct. 26 at his family's home in the 2600 block of West Potomac Avenue.
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CHICAGO — Another person been charged with murder after a stray bullet killed 7-year-old Akeem Briscoe inside his Humboldt Park home.

Joseph Serrano, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder, police said. Another teen — a 16-year-old — was charged with murder in the case earlier this week.

Prosecutors dropped charges against an 18-year-old who had also been charged, while noting charges would still be possible if new evidence was found, according to the Tribune.

About 8:20 p.m. Oct. 26, Akeem was at home in the 2600 block of West Potomac Avenue, washing his hands to get ready for dinner with two siblings and his mom, when a bullet came through the window and hit his stomach, police and family said.

“This should be one of the safest places your child should be,” Supt. David Brown said Tuesday.

Akeem’s family scrambled to help the wounded 7-year-old, family said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition and died, authorities said.

Serrano, the 16-year-old and another person were targeting a car with four people inside as part of a retaliatory shooting, prosecutors said, according to the Tribune.

Serrano and another person fired 16 shots at the car but didn’t hit anyone inside it, and someone in the car fired back, prosecutors said, according to the Tribune.

One of the shots hit and killed Akeem, prosecutors said, according to the Tribune.

There is video that shows Serrano, the 16-year-old and another person going to where the shooting happening and leaving afterwards, prosecutors said, according to the Tribune.

Earlier this week, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said investigators don’t think the 16-year-old fired the gun, but he had the gun at some point and passed it to one of the other two people.

Akeem was a talkative and affable kid who liked to watch movies, play video games and play with his friends, his uncle, Terribia Misters, said after the shooting.

Akeem attended Walter L. Newberry Math & Science Academy in Lincoln Park and was looking forward to going on a school field trip the week he was killed, his uncle said. Akeem lived with Misters, his two siblings and his mother, Misters’ sister.

“He enjoyed talking a lot. He was definitely a talker,” Misters said. “He used to call me his favorite uncle ’cause I’ve been around him the longest, playing with him and doing things with him.”

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