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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police announced murder charges against a 24-year-old man Wednesday night in the August shooting that killed 7-year-old Serenity Broughton, and injured her 6-year-old sister, Aubrey.
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said 24-year-old Aireon Luster has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the shooting.
“These charges are the beginning, we hope, of bringing some measure of closure to the grieving family of these two innocent little girls who were sitting in a parked car when they were struck by gunfire,” Brown said.
BREAKING: Supt David Brown @ChiefDavidBrown,Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan,and @Area5Detectives Commander Eric Winstrom announce the arrest and charge of First Degree Murder of Serenity Broughton & wounding of her sister Aubrey on 8-15-21 @CPD25thDistrict #ChicagoPolice pic.twitter.com/5wpkf3wcb6
— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) October 14, 2021
The charges come one month after Cook County prosecutors declined charges against a person of interest who had been taken into custody in September, citing insufficient evidence.
At the time, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said they were “committed to seeking justice for victims and will continue to work with the Chicago Police Department as they further investigate this crime.”
Serenity and Aubrey were shot on Sunday, August 15, in the 6200 block of West Grand Avenue in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood.
Police responding to a ShotSpotter alert of gunfire found the girls, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, in a vehicle parked on the street. The officers rendered first aid until Chicago Fire Department paramedics came and took the girls to the hospital.
Serenity was shot in the chest and torso, and was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Aubrey was shot in the chest and right armpit, has a pierced lung and was being treated at Loyola. McDermott said the girls’ mother was getting them into the back seat of the car when the shots rang out.
The girls’ paternal grandmother, Regina Broughton, told reporters that her son – the girl’s father – was on the driver’s side of the car while their mother had just finished buckling Aubrey in. At that point, the shots rang out, and Serenity was lifeless, Broughton said days after the shooting.
“The monster that did this to my granddaughter – I want them caught,” she said. “It could have been my whole family, because they were all in the car together.”
Police said the girls were not believed to be the intended targets.
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