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16-year-old charged in Lockport Township slaying

Published: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 5:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 11:05 p.m. CDT

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP – A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder for allegedly killing another 16-year-old last week in a drive-by shooting.

Will County Sheriff's Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said police received information linking Christopher Stamps to the slaying of Latray Wright Thursday afternoon near Princeton and Fairmount avenues.

"Both the victim and the suspects are in the same gang, but are associated with different factions," Kaupas said Monday. "This dispute may have started over online posts from one faction insulting another."

Kaupas said deputies spent the weekend looking for Stamps with the assistance of Joliet police and executed two search warrants. Stamps was located Saturday night in Crest Hill and questioned by sheriff's detectives Sunday.

He is being held in the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center on a $3 million bond. Stamps faces two counts of murder and is being charged as an adult.

Wright, a sophomore at Joliet West High School, and a friend were walking on the street at 3:57 p.m. Thursday when a blue car with three occupants driving on Fairmount stopped and the shooting began.

Wright turned to run, but was struck from behind. His friend was not injured.

The shooting occurred near the entrance of the Fairview Homes housing project. Nearby residents who could be reached Monday declined to speak with The Herald-News about the incident.

Records show Stamps lives nearby, in the 2200 block of California Avenue. Kaupas said shots were reported at Stamps' address about 11 a.m. Monday. It did not appear any damage or injuries occurred.

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