Two DeKalb men charged with murder in shooting death of 19-year-old: police

DeKalb, Illinois police vehicle

DeKALB – Two DeKalb men were charged with first-degree murder on Friday in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man during a confrontation on Russell Road the night before, police said.

Jayden C. Hernandez, 19, of DeKalb and Carreon S. Scott, 20, of DeKalb, have been charged in the shooting death of Marlon King, 19, according to a news release from the DeKalb Police Department.

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. on Thursday at an apartment building in the 400 block of Russell Road, police said. Officers responded just before 11:15 p.m. and found King and Scott had been shot, police said.

Paramedics took King to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, and he later died while being airlifted to a Rockford hospital for further treatment. Scott was being treated at an area hospital on Friday, DeKalb Police Chief David Byrd said.

It was unclear what prompted the shooting, but multiple rounds were fired from semi-automatic pistols, Byrd said.

“We’re still trying to figure out what the feud was about,” Byrd said. “Most of it occurred in the hallway [of the apartment building] or within the framework of the door.”

Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder, mob action and resisting a peace officer. Scott was charged with first-degree murder and mob action. They were both in police custody on Friday night, Byrd said.

The DeKalb County Major Case Squad also assisted in the investigation, along with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, the Sycamore Police Department, Northern Illinois University Police, the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office and the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office.

While unrelated, King’s death marked the second homicide reported in a week on DeKalb’s north side. Gracie Sasso-Cleveland, a 15-year-old DeKalb High School freshman, was killed the previous Thursday. Police found her body in a dumpster on Sunday, May 7 after Sasso-Cleveland’s family reported her missing the night before. Timothy M. Doll, 29, a registered sex offender of the 500 block of College Avenue in DeKalb, faces first-degree murder charges in the teen’s death.

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