Teen charged as an adult in fatal shooting

September 6, 2007

A Chicago Heights teen faces murder charges after a 16-year-old from Steger was fatally gunned down during a clash between rival gangs, city police said Wednesday morning.

Diego Nava, 15, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder for allegedly bringing Rick Wybarra to the Saturday fight where Wybarra was fatally shot, Lt. Michael Romano said.

"Because (Nava) put this kid in this position, he's charged with that offense," Romano said.

A spokesman for the Cook County state's attorney confirmed that the murder charge could be brought in such an instance.

The 16-year-old who allegedly shot Wybarra also was apprehended, Romano said. The Sauk Village teen was charged as a juvenile with aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, Romano said.

Police said Nava and Wybarra are affiliated with the Latin Kings street gang. The alleged shooter is thought to be a Latin Counts member, Romano said.

A shooting was reported shortly before midnight Saturday in the 1200 block of Otto Boulevard, police said.

Wybarra, of the 3500 block of Halsted Street, was found behind a building with two handgun wounds to the abdomen and the left thigh, Romano said.

He was pronounced dead at 3:56 a.m. Sunday at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights, Romano said.

Nava, whose last known address is 1239 Otto Blvd., and the alleged shooter were arrested at separate locations and charged on Monday, Romano said.

Nava's bond was set at $3 million Wednesday morning at the Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Markham, Romano said.

The alleged shooter is being petitioned in juvenile court, Romano said.