WEST ENGLEWOOD — Three men were shooting at a rival gang member in March when they shot and killed a 12-year-old girl who was celebrating her birthday with her family, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Malik Parish, 22, and Abdul Ali, 20, were arrested Sunday after they tried to evade officers who spotted them in a stolen car on the Far South Side, prosecutors said. Both were ordered held without bond Tuesday on first-degree murder charges in the March 1 killing of Nyzireya Moore.
The third person involved in that shooting has not yet been charged, authorities said.
The shooting happened around 7:48 p.m. March 1 in the 2300 block of West 72nd Street, police said.
Parish, Ali and the third man had left a home near 72nd and Oakley streets when a rival gang member drove past them in a black Mercedes and turned north on Oakley, prosecutors said. About two minutes later, the three men shot at the car as it drove off, prosecutors said.
Nyzireya, who turned 12 that day, was riding in the back seat of her mother’s car heading north on Oakley at the same time the men opened fire, prosecutors said. A bullet shattered the back window, striking Nyzireya in her head, prosecutors said. Nyzireya died from her injuries three days later, prosecutors said.
Nyzireya was out celebrating her birthday when she was shot, according to the Sun-Times.
In an obituary, her family described her as the “TikTok Queen, the party slayer, edge control killer, fashionista, smart, humble, respectful, spoiled, creative, adventurous and the best big sister.”
Police found 25 shell casings from three handguns at the intersection, prosecutors said. Supt. David Brown called the shooting “heinous, reckless and senseless,” according to the Sun-Times.
“We want to send a strong message to these violent offenders that this won’t be tolerated in the city of Chicago and that there will be a price to pay in the criminal justice system for you,” Brown said.
Police released surveillance video of the shooting later in March as authorities and Nyzireya’s family pleaded for people to come forward with information. Various cameras captured the three men, all wearing hoodies, from when they left the home to when they opened fire, prosecutors said.
Parish and Ali were arrested Sunday near 104th Street and Perry Avenue in Fernwood, prosecutors said.
The two were among four people spotted getting out of a stolen Ford Mustang and going inside a nearby house, prosecutors said. They ran away when officers approached them near the car, prosecutors said.
Police found the fob key to the stolen Mustang in Parish’s pocket, prosecutors said. He also was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Ali ran from officers with a handgun in his right hand, prosecutors said. He ran through a gangway where he dropped a 9mm Glock loaded with 19 live rounds, prosecutors said. The gun had an extended clip capable of holding 31 rounds and a functioning automatic switch, prosecutors said.
Ali also was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and criminal trespass to a vehicle.
Parish and Ali will appear in court again Dec. 19.
Darius Turner, 22, also was arrested during the same incident Sunday, prosecutors said. Officers recovered a loaded handgun with an extended magazine, prosecutors said. He was charged with being an armed habitual criminal, prosecutors said.
Preliminary tests showed none of the guns officers found during the arrest were used in Nyzireya’s shooting, prosecutors said.
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