CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — Chicago police asked the public for help Tuesday in finding three more people believed connected to last week’s videotaped fatal beating of 16-year-old Derrion Albert.
Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death last week. His death was captured on video.
“We need the public’s help, your help,” Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis told reporters.
With four teens already arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the killing, “we are continuing to look for three additional people in connection with Derrion’s murder,” Weis said.
Weis said he has asked the U.S. Secret Service to try to enhance the video of the beating so that others can be identified.
Weis pleaded with anyone who may have information not to withhold it.
“The culture of ‘no-snitch’ is unacceptable,” he said. “A young man with a promising future lost his life to senseless violence, yet few have come forward.”
Authorities are considering charging people who participated in the fight but did not come into contact with Albert, he said.
Prosecutors said Albert was a bystander who ended up in the middle of a street fight Thursday between two factions of students from Christian Fenger Academy High School, on Chicago’s South Side.
A video recorded by a witness, which has been broadcast widely, showed the attack unfolding. A local TV station that received the video turned it over to police. Watch graphic video of the attack »
When school let out at 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Albert was nearly six blocks away — on his way to a bus stop — when two groups of students converged on the street, Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney, said Monday. Full story.
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