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Dionte Maxwell Shooting: 3 Charged In Fatal Weekend Shooting As Teen Suspects To Be Tried As Adults

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A photo of shooting victim Dionte Maxwell, right, at his high school graduation last year. (Family photo via DNAinfo)
A photo of shooting victim Dionte Maxwell, right, at his high school graduation last year. (Family photo via DNAinfo)

Two boys and one adult have been charged with first-degree murder in the weekend shooting death of 18-year-old Dionte Maxwell.

The teen had allegedly asked the suspects to leave the family birthday party they had crashed when he was fatally shot late Friday night.

Two of the three suspects are teens and are being charged as adults. In addition to the murder charges, the two 16-year-old suspects face additional charges of armed home invasion, attempted home invasion and mob action, the Tribune reports. Per Chicago police policy, juvenile suspects aren't identified by name, even if they're charged as adults.

The third suspect, 19-year-old Charles Southern, faces the same charges as the two teens.

Family members say after Maxwell asked the party crashers to leave his uncle's home in the 8400 block of South Constance Avenue in Avalon Park, he was shot twice in the chest.

Family recalled Maxwell as a "stand-up" guy who loved football and basketball. Recruited to play football for Rockford College, the team's assistant coach and defensive coordinator Jay Emmons told DNAinfo Chicago Maxwell was "a great kid."

"He was very polite. He always said 'yes, sir,' 'no, sir,'" said Emmons, "He would do anything for the team."

Maxwell's family, meanwhile, don't understand why the men tried to crash the party in the first place. Family members told DNAinfo they recognized the party crashers as “guys they’ve seen walking around the neighborhood,” but that there had never been problems with them before.

Maxwell's death was the only fatal shooting in a weekend where 12 more were injured in gun-related incidents. According to the Sun-Times, the weekend's non-fatal shooting victims included a 17-year-old boy shot while walking home from a party in Lawndale early Saturday.

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