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Latin Kings member charged with murder tied to longtime gang feud in Chicago’s Little Village

June 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Latin Kings member charged with murder tied to longtime gang feud in Chicago’s Little Village

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A member of the Latin Kings murdered a rival gangster in Chicago last year and injured another as he ran for cover after discovering his friend dead on the street.

Lamar Baker, who was 17-years-old at the time of the incident and is now 19, made a court appearance on Tuesday and was ordered to remain behind bars without bail in the murder of 19-year-old David Martinez.

Baker is accused of slaying Martinez, a 19-year-old member of the Gangster Two Six gang.

Police say Baker is a member of the Latin Kings from the same area, and the two groups have been disputing for years.

Lamar Baker was charged with murdering a rival gang member

Baker and two others were driving the Little Village area, which is a territory claimed by the Two Sixes, at roughly 5 p.m. in January 2016, when Martinez and a 17-year-old noticed them.

The gangs traded signs while Baker and the other two drove around the block.

Baker got out of the vehicle and hid behind shrubs until he saw Martinez and the 17-year-old. He asked “what you on … ?” before he opened fire, shooting Martinez in the head.

The 17-year-old heard the gunshot, saw his friend on the ground and fled toward a fire station. Baker fired again, hitting the teen in the back, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Authorities discovered two .38-caliber rounds near Martinez’s remains. Last 2016, Baker confessed to an officer that he had shot someone named “Casper,” because he was part of the Two Six.

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