Kenyon Jones, Paris Jones charged with murder in Austin shooting death of Demond Avant

Kenyon Jones (L) and Paris Jones (R) / Photos from Chicago Police
Kenyon Jones (L) and Paris Jones (R) / Photos from Chicago Police

Two men have been charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Demond Avant Wednesday night in the Austin neighborhood.

Avant was standing on a sidewalk in the 600 block of North Mayfield Avenue when a gunman exited a nearby van and opened fire about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

Avant, of the 1000 block of North Monitor Avenue, was shot in the head and died less than an hour later at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, authorities said.

Police identified 33-year-old Kenyon Jones, of the 1600 block of North Nagle Avenue, and 24-year-old Paris Jones, of the 700 block of North Waller Avenue, as suspects and took them into custody.

It was not immediately known if the two are related.

Both men were charged with first-degree murder, and each was ordered held on $2 million during a Saturday hearing. They will be back in court Monday.

— Sun-Times Media Wire

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