By Sarah Schulte and Liz Nagy, abc7chicago.com
Two teenagers were charged Sunday in the fatal shooting of the 15-year-old grandson of Congressman Danny Davis, D-Chicago.
Javon Wilson, 15, was fatally shot in his Englewood home Friday evening when the two teenagers came in and started an argument over gym shoes, authorities said.
Tarik Harris, 16, and Di’Jae Banks, 17, were charged as adults with first-degree murder and home invasion. Cook County Judge James Brown denied bail for the teens, calling them a “grave danger to the community” and denounced their “clear and total callous disregard for the sanctity and precious nature of human life.”
Harris and Banks were not being housed at the Cook County Jail, despite being charged as adults.
Banks, a high school senior, turned herself into police on Saturday. Her mother, Demika Banks, offered Davis condolences and said her daughter is devastated.
“She said herself, ‘I didn’t do nothing. These are my friends. I’m here because you guys are looking for me,'” Demika Banks said Sunday.
Prosecutors said that the two teens were friends with the victim’s brother. One of the teens loaned the victim’s younger brother a pair of pants in exchange for shoes and didn’t want to return the shoes until he got the pants back, prosecutors said.
The two teens entered the home and a fight ensued, resulting in Harris shooting Wilson in the neck, prosecutors said.
“His life is gone but I tell you I just hope that we can learn from this kind of tragedy, how to prevent from reoccurring and that’s what I’m going to devote my time to and my life to and I’m sure my son will do the same thing and we will just keep moving and do the best we can,” said Davis, who represents Illinois 7th Congressional district.
On Saturday, Davis said guns should not be so easily accessible to youth. He said Chicago’s gun violence problem has never hit so close to home.
“We have to find a way to get some of the guns out of our environment,” he said. “I have spoken at many teenage funerals. I have comforted many families but never quite this close.”
Outside of Davis’ West Side office, a small crowd gathered Saturday afternoon to offer support and prayers.
“We want to send a message first of all to the congressman let him know we love you and our hearts go out. Violence can strike anywhere,” said Kevin Copeland.