Chicago teen found burned to death in alley

CHICAGO — A teenage boy was murdered over in the weekend in Chicago, and his body was found burning in a trash bin in an alley, WGN reported.

Neighbors, friends and family gathered in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood Tuesday night to hold a vigil for the boy, 15-year-old Demetrius Griffin Jr.

There was an outpouring of grief for his family, who pleaded for peace and information.

Demetrius’ only sibling, older sister Bre Melchor, screamed, “They killed my baby”; she liked to call him her baby brother.

“I need your help, please,” Demetrius’ mother, Polynesia Sykes, said.  “They’re killing our kids. You know who you are. Turn yourself in.”

Sykes says she knew something was wrong when he missed curfew Friday night, something she says he never did.

Demetrius had just started high school.  He was a freshman and had hopes of joining the swim team.

The medical examiner tells WGN News the cause and manner of the teen’s death are still being determined.

Police say no one is in custody.

They say whoever set the fire that burned Demetrius’ body beyond recognition may also have suffered burns.