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Charges filed in killing of boy, 15, near Obama's home

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 10:26 a.m. CST

CHICAGO (MCT) — Murder charges have been filed in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy blocks from President Barack Obama's Hyde Park home earlier this year.

Kevin Culverson, 20, is accused of shooting Cornelius German in the back as the boy ran for cover following a dice game in the backyard of a home in the 5000 block of South Evans Avenue on April 22, police said. Culverson is charged with first-degree murder and is due in court today.

Culverson lives in the 700 block of East 50th Place, about a block from the shooting.

Cornelius had called his parents that night and asked them to come pick him up at a Walgreens at East 50th Place and South Cottage Grove Avenue, saying he was afraid to go to the bus stop because of recent gang troubles there, according to his mother, Timika Rutledge-German.

But when the couple arrived around 9:30 p.m., he was nowhere to be seen and his mother called his cellphone and his friend's phone, she said. As they waited in the parking lot, they saw crowds of young men walking away and police blocking off an area, she said.

An officer told the mother that a boy had been shot. Rutledge-German said she walked to the back yard and saw a body surrounded by police. "I knew it was my baby 'cause I saw his shoes," she said. "And I saw his jacket. I knew it was him."

Cornelius was slain just a short walk from the Secret Service-protected Obama house, but in a vastly different neighborhood still troubled by crime. The location of the shooting is made up of modest brick multi-unit buildings and is directly across the street from Washington Park.

The shooting echoed the slaying of Hadiya Pendleton, an honors student, also 15, whose shooting in January in Harsh Park, about a mile north of the president's residence, brought international attention to Chicago's gun violence.

(c)2013 the Chicago Tribune Distributed by MCT Information Services

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