Teen with pending robbery case killed 17-year-old during gun rip-off at Chicago housing complex, prosecutors say

Leon Moody Jr. (Gun Violence Memorial)

CHICAGO — A teenager with a pending robbery case shot and killed another teen during a gun transaction rip-off at a Chicago Housing Authority complex late last year, prosecutors say. Komarion Kimber, 17, is the 34th person charged with murder, attempted murder, or trying to shoot someone in Chicago last year while on felony pretrial release.

Prosecutors said Kimber and his brother met with 17-year-old Leon Moody Jr. and three of Moody’s friends to exchange assault rifles for handguns at the Altgeld Gardens complex, 13057 South Drexel, around 2:50 p.m. on November 11.

During the exchange, Kimber collected all of the guns, then shot and killed Moody, prosecutors said in a detention petition. Two witnesses allegedly identified Kimber in photo line-ups.

Chicago police officers stopped Kimber in the neighborhood, but he gave them a false name, they let him go, Judge Charles Beach noted in a detention order. Kimber’s interaction with the officers was recorded by their bodyworn cameras, Beach wrote. Investigators later identified him in the footage.

Kimber had an active robbery case pending in juvenile court at the time of the shooting, according to Beach’s order. A warrant was out for his arrest in that case at the time of the murder. Racine, Wisconsin, police arrested Kimber on that warrant and turned him over to Chicago police officers on February 20.

He is charged with first-degree murder.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others awaiting trial for a felony allegation. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “We haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people awaiting trial for felony allegations is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data.

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