Facebook Murder in Chicago Leads to Arrest of Three Teens

A Facebook murder in Chicago is as senseless as it was cruel, and now three teens are under arrest after they beat a 62-year-old grandfather to death for kicks and footage of the attack wound up on the social network.

Facebook bragging about murders, robberies, drug trade and other serious crimes have been more commonplace in the news in recent years, and the Facebook murder in Chicago this week is yet another example of perps using the popular forum to implicate themselves in a serious crime, perhaps even providing key evidence for law enforcement.

62-year-old Delfino Mora, a disabled man and father to 12, was callously attacked in a park in Chicago early Tuesday morning as he collected cans. Unable to work due to an injury, family members say Mora — who hated to stay idle — would wake early and go collecting cans in order to feel productive.

It was during one of his early-morning can-collecting sessions that Mora happened upon a trio of teens, and the three brutally attacked the older man. In the filmed assault, Mora’s jaw can be heard cracking as he was beaten by one of the teens, and the injuries he sustained ultimately killed him.

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One of Mora’s six sons, Emmanuel Mora, has admitted that after seeing the clip of his father’s fatal beating, he has had a hard time sleeping. Of his dad, Mora says:

“He was a very friendly, talkative guy — everyone liked him… He was sarcastic and very funny… I’ve been having nightmares — it’s been real hard but I have to be tough for my mother and my brothers,” he said. “I don’t know how anyone can be that cold-hearted.”

After the brutal and random beating was posted on Facebook, police ultimately arrested Malik Jones, 16, Nicholas Ayala, 17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18. Jones has been charged with first-degree murder.