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Sauk Village man charged in girl's slaying

Sauk Village man charged in girl's slaying

Judge denies bail for 1 of 4 men accused of shooting 10-year-old

CHICAGO | A Sauk Village man among those charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old in Chicago was denied bail Thursday.

Nequiel Fowler was gunned down while playing outside with her blind, 5-year-old sister one day before she was to start school. Fowler would have been in fourth grade.

Antoine Lacy, 25, of Sauk Village, and Luis Pena, 23; Raymond Jones, 18; and Joseph Chico, 23, all three of Chicago, are charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the girl's death.

Cook County Judge Raymond Myles denied bail for Lacy and Pena during a court hearing Thursday in Chicago, said Cook County state's attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton. Myles set bail at $1 million for Chico and Jones, she said.

Their next court date is at noon Sept. 23 in Chicago, Simonton said.

Witnesses and police say Nequiel was shot Monday afternoon just after she finished tying her sister's shoe. Her sister was left clinging to a house gate.

Fowler was taken to the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

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