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Teen's beating may have been gang related

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CHICAGO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The family and friends of a Chicago teenager believe other teens beat him to death because he refused to join a gang, the family's pastor said.

Derrion Albert was attacked while walking to a bus stop about 3 p.m. Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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"I think they tried to recruit him and he said no and he just tried to go home and they just jumped on him," the Rev. Victor Grandberry said.

Witnesses told police a group of teens punched and kicked the Fenger High School sophomore in a vacant lot. Some came to the boy's assistance. He was taken to Roseland Community Hospital about a block away from the attack and was then transferred to Christ Medical Center.

A camera on the wall of the Agape Community Center recorded some of the attack. At first there were about 10 boys but eventually there were 50. At least one brandished a piece of lumber.

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