Justin Hamilton. | photo from Chicago Police.
Updated: May 24, 2014 6:38AM
A Flossmoor man has been ordered held without bail in the gang-related shooting deaths of two Chicago teenagers Saturday morning on the city’s South Side, according to Cook County prosecutors.
Justin Hamilton, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jordan Means, 17, and Anthony Bankhead, 19, who were found dead in the basement of a building in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue about 10:45 a.m. Saturday.
Both died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. It said Bankhead lived in the home where he was killed and Means lived less than two blocks away.
Prosecutors said Hamilton and the victims were members of the same street gang and got into an argument and physical fight on Friday over items being taken from one of the victims.
On Saturday, Hamilton and two other gang members went to Bankhead’s home to confront him and Means about the ongoing dispute, a verbal argument ensued and Hamilton shot the teens, prosecutors said.
They said witnesses saw Hamilton with a handgun immediately after the shots were fired and he pointed the gun at them, telling them to not say anything about the shootings or they and their families would be in danger.
“An argument led to this, that’s crazy,” Means’ mother, Camille Cochran, told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday. “Now, I don’t have my son no more.”
Sun-Times Media Wire