Fifty-five-year-old Sylvester Duarte was beaten to death Thursday at his home on the Northwest Side, and his 33-year-old son has been charged with his murder.
Carlos Duarte was charged late Friday with first-degree murder for the death of his father, who was found dead at 10:18 p.m. in his apartment in the 2900 block of North Gresham Avenue, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
Sylvester Duarte died from blunt force head injuries suffered in an assault, and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office. Both father and son lived in the apartment where the assault occurred.
Prosecutors allege Carlos Duarte, a gang member, he choked and beat his father, then struck him over the head several times with a dumbbell. The two had been arguing over the younger Duarte drawing gang signs in the apartment.
A police source said the incident was domestic-related, and the younger Duarte may have suffered from mental issues.
Carlos Duarte was denied bond at a hearing Saturday, according to Cook County sheriff’s office records. He was scheduled appear in court again on Tuesday.
—Chicago Sun-Times Wire