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Suspects in Romeoville teen's death charged with giving police false information

Eric Alhourani (left) and Marco Mesina.
Eric Alhourani (left) and Marco Mesina.

Two young men arrested in connection with the death of a Romeoville teen face new charges, including a charge of giving police false information.

Yet Eric Alhourani, 20, and Marco Mesina, 19, have not been charged with killing 18-year-old Carlos Gasca, who allegedly was in the car with them when he suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head Jan. 17.

Alhourani does face a charge of recklessly firing a firearm inside a vehicle with Gasca was present.

Gasca has been dead for more than a month and the circumstances of how he died remain unclear. When asked if police finished investigating Gasca’s death or if they determined it was a homicide, Romeoville police Cmdr. John Ferdinardo said the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office will decide if there are any additional charges.

A call to state’s attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney was not returned Friday.

Gasca’s family said on a GoFundMe page that he was “the victim of an accident.”

A Feb. 13 bill of indictment contains more charges against Alhourani and Mesina for allegedly possessing Beretta and Glock handguns, along with possessing several different types of drugs, including as ecstasy and marijuana.

Both men now face a new charge of furnishing false information for allegedly claiming Gasca was shot by a person in another vehicle.

Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Slazyk said Alhourani and Mesina tried to deceive the police by concocting a tale of a Vice Lord gang member named “Dubs” shooting Gasca.

Slazyk said Mesina later told the police that when he was driving the car, he heard a gunshot, turned and saw Alhourani holding a gun.

Slazyk has asked why the suspects would concoct a story if they did nothing wrong, saying, “They had the truth to hide.”

Will County Judge Dave Carlson denied lowering bond for Alhourani and Mesina. Alhourani’s bond was set at $1.25 million and he remains in custody. Mesina posted 10 percent of his $1 million bond and was released from jail Jan. 31.

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