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July 17, 2012

Teens Beat, Kill Disabled Man, Post Video of it to Facebook

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Written by: Kelly Virella

Nicholas Ayala,17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18, have been charged with first degree murder and robbery.


hree dumb teens in Chicago just handed police what will probably be one of their easiest to solve crimes. Last Tuesday, the teens allegedly beat and killed a 62-year-old disabled Latino man; then rather than waiting for the surveillance video to catch them — as other dumb criminals have done recently — one of the alleged conspirators videotaped it and posted it on Facebook. Why stop there? Why not turn it into a Facebook ad?

Police arrested Malik Jones, 16, Nicholas Ayala, 17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18 and charged of them with first-degree murder in the slaying of Delfino Mora, according to Chicago police, the Chicago Tribune reports. Ayala and Malcom took turns holding the cell phone that videotaped the 5 am beating. They are also being charged with robbery. Jones is being charged as an adult.

Mora was minding his own business, picking aluminum cans out of garbage bins in an alley when the youth allegedly approached him. Jones allegedly asked Mora what he had in his pockets, then beat him, leaving him for dead, the Tribune reports. Three hours later, a passerby found Mora with bleeding coming out his nostrils and vomit near his head, the paper reports. He died of blunt force head trauma.

Mora had lost full use of his right arm during a work accident. He collected cans to help support his family.

Police learned about the video after “a witness who knows Jones saw the video and passed it on until it eventually was seen by a co-worker of the victim’s son, prosecutors said. The co-worker then got in touch with the victim’s son, who identified his father in the video, prosecutors said. The video was then taken to police,” the Tribune reports.


About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.