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Prosecutors: 3 charged with beating murder were 'playing a game'

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Malik Jones (Photo courtesy of Facebook.com) Malik Jones (Photo courtesy of Facebook.com)
Anthony Malcolm, 18, and Nicholas Ayala, 17. Anthony Malcolm, 18, and Nicholas Ayala, 17.
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: Three teenagers charged with the beating death of a Chicago man were in court Monday.

Delfino Mora, 62, died last Tuesday after he was punched hitting his head on the pavement. He was attacked on the 6300 block of North Artesian Avenue around 5 a.m.

The three teenagers accused of killing the father of 12 were playing a game called "Pick ‘em out and knock ‘em down" when they videotaped themselves punching the victim in the face, prosecutors said Monday.

A video of the murder was posted on Facebook after it happened.

Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Terry Clancy told Judge Israel Desierto the three teens were playing a "game where the offender picks an innocent victim and knocks him out by striking him and likely robbing him as well."

"[Malik] Jones spotted the victim in the alley, Jones started his video recorder on his cell phone and stated I think I'm going to knock this guy out,"Clancy said.

Malik Jones, 16,  then handed the phone to Nicholas Ayala, 17,  who passed it along to Anthony Malcolm 18.  Prosecutors saidMalcolm kept recording as Jones punched  Mora in the jaw. His head hit the pavement so hard it was heard on the video.

Prosecutors said the suspects found him in the alley, where he was collecting cans. Jones reportedly asked him what was in his pocket and threw the single fatal punch. Mora was found three hours later, severely injured and he died from his injuries.

It wasn't hard for investigators to figure out where the main suspect was. They found Jones in his Orland Park home, where they said they found the videotape that shows him throwing the fatal punch on the victim in this case.

The video was posted to Facebook, where a friend of Mora's son saw it and told his friend. The family did not all see the video, especially the daughter. She said she did not want to see the final moments of her father's life.

"I couldn't see the video. They only let my brother," Angelica Mora said. "He told us what happened and I feel like it's awful. I don't wish anything this kind of situation to anybody. It's really tough. By them recording that, it makes me feel like they're making fun of my dad."

Mora was a Mexican immigrant, the father of 12 children, and married to his wife Maria for 40 years. He was out collecting aluminum cans to make a little extra money to support his family.

Jones was charged as an adult with first degree murder. They believe his friends took turns taping the beating on his cell phone. The two suspected accomplices were in court with Jones on Monday.

Nicholas Ayala, 17, of the 6300 block of N. Talman and Anthony Malcolm, 18, of the 5500 block of N. Broadway face felony murder and robbery charges for their roles in the beating death of Mora. The charges do carry lengthy prison terms if they are convicted.

Prosecutors indicated in Sunday bond court that Malik Jones is a known gang member with a tattoo that says "little terror" on his wrist.

At the Mora home on Sunday, the big family was grieving together. They shared home video showing Mora playing the guitar and singing Nortena, traditional Mexican music for family and friends. They said that video is the recording they will use to remember him.

"He's old and he couldn't defend himself and they're heartless," Angelica said. "They have no heart."

COMMUNITY ASKS: WHY?

Pastor Corey Brooks stopped in Chicago on Sunday during his Project Hood Walk Across America and called Mora's fatal beating horrible.

"A lot of these children have lost their moral compass and it's up to us to give it to them. A lot of them don't know which way to go, don't know how to make proper choices and it's up to us to help them make those choices and that's what we're going to do. All of us working collectively to help make things better "said Pastor Corey Brooks, spearheading Project Hood, an effort to Walk Across America to raise awareness about violence.

"Whatever we say or do it's not going to bring back our father but I really tell moms and dads to be more, more in contact with their kids so they don't come out and destroy their lives this way by killing people," said Emmanuel Mora, Mora's son.

Maria Mora was surrounded with loved ones on Sunday, mourning the loss of the love of her life.

"They've been together 40 years and she's like they took half of her life away and it's just hard for us because he was always here no matter what," said Angelica Mora.

Dr. David Henry, an expert in adolescent development says it's hard to explain why a teen would do something like that, but the desire to define themselves plays a role.

"I think to some extent posting things on Facebook and standing out that way helps you to define yourself," Henry said.

Last year an 18-year-old Chicago man was charged in a similar videotaped "pick 'em out, knock 'em out" incident that happened in a red Line subway station.

On Monday, Anthony Malcolm's sisters said he got caught up with the wrong people and the attack on Delfino Mora is out of character.

"We send our condolences to the family, its a sad situation. My brother is not that type of person, he wanted to be a police officer," Jacobin Rodriguez said.

(Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

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