Friends & Family Remember Slain Robbery Suspect Deonta Mackey

(Deonta Mackey, second from right)

Friends and family are mourning the loss of a Chicago teen that was shot and killed following a botched robbery attempt.

Deonta Mackey, a 16-year-old ex-junior at Corliss High School, and two friends confronted an off-duty police officer at a Citgo gas station in a Feb. 11 stick-up.

Mackey had his firearm drawn as he approached the unsuspecting officer. Surveillance footage shows the officer seemingly complying with the teens’ demands before immediately drawing his own weapon and firing a shot at Mackey’s head.

Mackey’s accomplices fled the scene as he hit the pavement and took his last few breaths. He died at the scene.

Those who personally knew the teen known simply as “Mackey” were completely distraught over news of his death, including rising rap artist RondoNumbaNine.

Rondo and Mackey had known each other since grade school.

The “Real N*gga 4 Life 2” rapper posted a photo of himself with Mackey with a caption reading, “Rip dat Li n*gga Mackey man dat was my n*gga man he was letting clown a– n*gga control his mind doe #S*itBeCrazy #myn*gga.”

Another photo surfaced online showing the two as small children.

Mackey even made a cameo appearance in Rondo’s “Hang Wit Me” remix.

Others close friends took to social media to remember Mackey.

Accomplices in the botched robbery attempt of an off-duty police officer are facing life in prison after being charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Deonta Mackey.

Devante Graham, 17, was held in lieu of $1 million bail after turning himself into authorities Feb. 13, 2014, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Graham faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery, CBS Chicago reports.

Emannuel Jackson, accompanied by parents, turned himself into authorities Friday night, according to the Chicago Tribune. Jackson, 15, was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery and held in lieu $2 million.

Though Graham and Jackson didn’t pull the trigger, authorities tacked on a murder charge on the theory of accountability, Sun Times reports.

Mackey’s mother, Tonia Stevens, doesn’t hold any ill feelings towards the officer that shot her son.

“To the correctional officer. I don’t have no hate in my heart, for what he did,” she told CBS Chicago. “He [Deonta] was out doing a criminal act.”

Mackey had a completed a month long house arrest sentence Feb. 6, 2013 for an alleged robbery, CBS Chicago reports. Mackey had a lengthy juvenile arrest record that also included assault and cannabis possession.

Mackey’s mentor Carlos Estes told CBS Chicago the youth was expelled from high school. He was looking to get the troubled teen enrolled in an alternative school.

“Had a lot to do with peer pressure and wanting to be a part of and belonging to a group of individuals,” Estes said.

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