Slayings called internal gang dispute; 1 charged

Tribune staff report
Published July 8, 2007

CHICAGO -- A man on parole was charged late Saturday with killing two men last month in what Chicago police describe as an internal dispute among gang members.

Darrian Daniels, 26, of the 8100 block of South Drexel Avenue, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Cordero Diggs, 20, and Michael Smith, 29. Police said Daniels and the victims had ties with the Black P Stones gang.

Wentworth Area Sgt. Kevin Duffin said the slayings "appeared to be some sort of internal struggle [within] the Black P Stones."

About 10:30 p.m. June 1, Deering District officers responded to a call of gunfire in the 800 block of West 53rd Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. They found Diggs' body and a gravely wounded Smith in the back yard of a residence.

Smith, of the 6400 block of South Talman Avenue, suffered wounds to his head and neck and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, authorities said. Diggs, of the 7300 block of South King Drive, was dead at the scene with bullet wounds on his left arm and chest.

Daniels, on parole for a weapons conviction, was arrested Thursday without incident in the 900 block of West 53rd Street.

A .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun believed to be the murder weapon has not been recovered, Duffin said.