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Prosecutors: Illinois teens butchered and set girl’s ex-boyfriend on fire

August 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Prosecutors: Illinois teens butchered and set girl’s ex-boyfriend on fire Jesus Jurado Correa, Francisco Alvarado and Tia Brewer DuPage County State's Attorney's Office

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Two Illinois teens are in custody without bond after they reportedly strangled, stabbed and set a victim on fire before they ran him over — ruthless brutality “beyond imagination,” prosecutors revealed.

An Illinois judge refused to grant Francisco Alvarado, 18, and 16-year-old Tia Brewer bond in the murder of 18-year-old Luis Guerrero, whose smoldering body was discovered on Tuesday by officials with the West Chicago Fire Department.

The firefighters were reportedly carrying out a training exercise when the body was found, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin revealed in a statement on Thursday.

Prosecutors allege that Alvarado and Brewer set up a meeting with Guerrero near the West Chicago Public Library.

Once they arrived, Alvarado approached Guerrero from behind and strangled him. At the same time, Alvarado and Brewer stabbed the victim multiple times in the neck.

The two then placed Guererro’s body in their Jeep before driving to another location.

Prosecutors said Alvarado and Brewer then called a third teen, Jesus Jurado Correa, and ordered him to meet them with gasoline.

Correa listened to the request, and brought the gas to Alvarado and Brewer and then left.

Berlin asserts that Alvarado and Brewer then immersed Guerrero with gasoline before they set him on fire.

While he was burning, Guerrero got up and started to run away, leading Alvarado and Brewer to run him over with their vehicle.

The couple then brought Guerrero’s body to a fire pit, where his body was again ignited. A picnic table was also set up over the body.

“The vicious brutality displayed by the defendants is beyond imagination,” Berlin said in a press release. “I can’t begin to fathom the pain that Guerrero endured as his life was brutally taken.”

Alvarado and Brewer are both facing first-degree murder, armed robbery, and concealment of homicide charges. Correa, whose bond was established at $100,000, faces one count of concealing of a homicide. All three suspects are scheduled to appear back in court on September 13th.

Guerrero was Brewer’s ex-boyfriend, the Chicago Tribune reported. She previously told Alvarado that Guerrero had raped her, but police have not uncovered any evidence that Brewer reported the attack.

If found guilty on all charges, Alvarado and Brewer could face up to life behind bars.

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