Four Chicago teens charged with murder of 24-year-old police officer

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Three men and a male juvenile were charged with first degree murder, multiple accounts of armed robbery, arson, burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, and unlawful use of a weapon in relation to a May 6th crime spree that concluded with the killing of 24-year-old Chicago Police officer Aréanah Preston. 

Chicago Police Interim Superintendent Eric Carter announced the charges on Wednesday for 19-year-old Trevor Breeland, 19-year-old Joseph Brooks, 18-year-old Jakwon Buchanan, and 16-year-old Jaylan Fazier, who is being charged as an adult. All could spend the rest of their lives in prison if convicted. 

“These individuals were looking for victims in the overnight hours of Friday and into Saturday morning, and are connected to multiple robberies and a motor vehicle theft earlier that morning leading up to the murder of officer Preston,” Carter said. “As officer Preston was returning home after her tour of duty early Saturday morning, four offenders pulled up in a stolen vehicle and ran towards officer Preston while armed.”

According to local ABC 7, the first victim of the group was a 33-year-old woman who was robbed around midnight near the 900 block of East 46th street. They then went on to steal a red Kia which was used for three more robberies and the shooting of officer Preston around 1:42 am. The report noted that the crew torched the Kia after their spree was over. 

The group of teens all had a lengthy criminal history according to a report from CBS 2 Chicago. All had their first arrest prior to the age of 15 on charges that ranged from vehicle theft to armed robbery. 

Officer Preston was set to receive a masters degree in jurisprudence from Loyola University Chicago this Saturday. One of her instructors, Sara Block said, “she was a student who was dynamic, intelligent, committed and a very driven person who wanted to make this world a better place.”

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