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Tyshawn Lee’s Alleged Killer Charged w/1st Degree Murder

A South Side man has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was lured into an alley and gunned down just doors from his home.

Corey Morgan, 27, of the 7800 block of South Hoyne Avenue, is expected to appear for a bond hearing Friday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, according to Cook County state’s attorney spokeswoman Sally Daly.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who has called the killing “probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime” he had seen in his 35-year career, will hold a news conference about the charges at 10 a.m. Friday at Area South police headquarters, 727 E. 111th St.

Police say Tyshawn was lured into an alley in the 8000 block of South Damen Avenue on Nov. 2 and killed because of his father’s gang ties. He was shot several times, including a fatal shot to the side of the head.

Police had questioned Morgan two days after Tyshawn’s killing but released him. Two weeks later, Morgan was arrested again and charged with a weapons violation apparently unrelated to Tyshawn’s killing.

He was ordered held on $1 million bail and was later released after posting the required bond.

Law enforcement sources have said Tyshawn may be the latest victim of a violent gang feud.

Morgan’s brother, Tracey Morgan was fatally shot Oct. 13 after leaving a “gang call-in” meeting, an anti-violence effort by Chicago police and other law enforcement.

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