Resident of C'ville arrested in death

August 4, 2007
CARPENTERSVILLE -- Police late Friday announced the
arrest of a resident in the shooting death of a
teenager Thursday night.

Henry L. Black, no age given, of 94 Birch St., was
being held for bond call this morning at the Kane
County Jail. He is charged with two counts of
first-degree murder, police said.

The victim, Aaron Razo, was the wrong gang member in
the wrong place at the wrong time Thursday night,
according to police.

The teen became the third young man killed in apparent
gang violence in the Carpentersville-Elgin area in a

Razo, 17, of the 1700 block of Kingston Circle, was
shot dead about 7 p.m. by members of a rival gang
looking for revenge against a perceived slight earlier
in the day, Deputy Police Chief Michael Gillette said
Friday. Besides Black, police were believed to be
interviewing at least one other man in connection with
the crime.

Gillette, who spoke before Black's arrest was
announced late Friday, said witnesses told police that
a member of a rival gang was with his wife and child
when he had an argument with other gang members
Thursday. After dropping off his family, the man
picked up four fellow gang members in his sports
utility vehicle and drove to a park near the Paul Knox
Teen Center at Bristol Circle and Wakefield Drive.

They were looking for a fight, according to police.

"They knew they'd find a (rival gang member) there,"
Gillette said. "It didn't matter who."

Who they found was Razo. Witnesses described him as
flashing rival gang signs at the SUV passengers from
his car, according to police reports. Words were
exchanged, Razo exited his car, and someone from the
SUV took out a gun and shot him in the chest just
below the neck, Gillette said.

Police officers and fire department paramedics
administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Razo at
the scene, police said. He was pronounced dead about
7:40 p.m. at Sherman Hospital in Elgin.

Gillette said police located the SUV within 15 minutes
and rounded up five suspects within an hour.

On July 28, two Elgin men were shot to death and three
others were wounded outside an east-side home in what
Elgin police there said may have been a gang-related

Both Elgin police and Gillette said the killings
weren't related.

Elgin police still were looking for a suspect Friday
in the July 28 shooting.

Gillette described the Carpentersville shooting as a
"random act."

"I'd ask residents not to tolerate gang activity," he
said. "These random acts, while they may happen, we
take them seriously."

Gillette asked residents with information about gang
activity to call the police department's anonymous
crime tip line at (847) 551-3488.

(Note that are not in the article.  Razo (the victim)
was a member of the Latin Kings.  Black (the alleged
shooter)is a member of the Maniac Latin Disciples)


Kane County

$2 million bail set in C'ville murder

A man charged with two counts of first-degree murder
in the shooting death of Aron Razo, 17, of
Carpentersville, appeared before a Kane County judge
Saturday morning.

Henry L. Black's bail was set at $2 million, according
to a police department release. Black's next court
appearance is set for Aug. 16 in the Kane County
Judicial Center. As of Saturday night, he was being
held in the county jail.

Black, 17, of 94 Birch St., is charged with killing
Razo about 7 p.m. Thursday at a park near Wakefield
Drive and Bristol Circle. Police have determined the
incident was gang-related.