Authorities have found the bodies of two teenage boys who were reported missing in Chicago last week. According to Chicago police, the teens were discovered shot to death in a field on the city’s Southside.
Authorities found the bodies 16-year-old Raysuan Turner and 17-year-old Darnelle Flowers on Sunday night near Golden Gate Park. Both were found with gunshot wounds to their bodies. Two suspects have been taken into custody and are being investigated for the killings.
Friends say the two teens had been hanging out lately and were reported missing Friday. Police spokesperson Anthony Gugliemi said detectives believed the pair were victims of a robbery, adding that one of the teens was involved in a gang. Authorities are still working to determine if the gang connection was a factor, however.
On Sunday, community members rounded up a search party to look for Turner and Flowers. The teens’ mothers also joined in on the search with authorities. It was during that search that police said one of the teen’s mothers received a text message telling her she could find her son’s body in the nearby field.
“All of a sudden, we’re leaving and then they got another call saying that the bodies were behind a house out here,” local activist and crisis response leader Andrew Holmes told ABC 7. “And I think the Chicago Police Department came out and they went back in and then we all came here and we were footsteps away from this house where they were.”
” … It’s tough that they were laying right there and we were right here,” he added.
Police say the killings are being investigated as a homicide. So far, no formal charges have been filed.