The death of a 15-year-old boy whose body was found burned beyond recognition in a West Side alley last month was ruled a homicide Monday. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said he was burned alive.
Firefighters responding to a garage fire in the 5500-block of West Cortez Street in the city’s Austin neighborhood discovered his body around 1:25 a.m. on Sept. 17.
An autopsy showed Griffin died of thermal injuries due to incendiary fire in a garbage can, which means he was alive when the fire started.
A group of Chicago pastors offered a reward of $7,500 for information leading to an arrest in Griffin’s murder. Polly Sykes, the victim’s mother, pleaded for answers.
“Community, I need your help. They killed my baby out here in this alley. I need somebody. If you know something, please come forward. They took my life,” Sykes said.
Friends & Community Speak Out
(CBS) — Friends, classmates and family filled a West Side church Saturday to remember Demetrius Griffin — the 15-year-old Steinmetz High School student who was murdered by a gunshot wound to the head and set on fire in an Austin alley last month.
The service, at the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, opened with a declaration by the Stars of Heaven singers that “Chicago is in need of help.” (CBS)