David Silva / Photo from Chicago Police
BY LEEANN SHELTON
Sun-Times Media Wire
Starling and his friends were riding bicycles on Division Street between Kedzie and Spaulding avenues after a party when Silva, Randy “Garfield” Ruiz, Jeremy Medina and two others yelled gang slogans and questioned Starling’s group about their gang affiliations on July 2, prosecutors said.
Starling, 19, tried explaining he too was a Latin King, but Silva’s group kept harassing them, Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Mack said.
At some point, Silva punched one of Starling’s friends, Mack said. Silva, Ruiz, Medina and the others chased Starling and his friends west on Division Street and eventually caught up with Starling and started punching him, Mack said.
Ruiz, 18, then shot Sterling in the head, prosecutors said.
A surveillance camera captured the shooting and witnesses identified both Ruiz and Medina, Mack said. Silva was later identified in a photo lineup.
All three have been charged with first-degree murder, police said. Silva and Medina were also charged with one count of aggravated battery in a public place.
On Friday, Silva, 26, of the 1200 block of North Mason Avenue, was ordered held on $750,000, authorities said.
Ruiz, of the 3200 block of West Cortez Street, was previously ordered held without bond. Medina, 20, of the 1100 block of North Lawler Avenue is being held on $750,000.