Teens in Chicago brutally kill 62-year old father during “knockout game”

And they video taped the assault and posted it on Facebook. I want you to close your eyes and imagine something … but read the story first.

On July 10, three teenagers – really young adults – elected to play a game that’s trending pretty hot these days. Teens pick someone who is vulnerable, usually older, and start picking on them. You know … bullying. Even though school systems across the country have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours to eliminate bullying, I guess it’s not working.

Then – all to have a bit of fun – the teens try to knock out the victim with a couple devastating blows to the head. They tape the entire event so they can watch it later and show off their exploites to friends. They rob the man while he is down. They post the video on the Internet.

From the Chicago SunDid you hear about this story? Probably not, since it happened two weeks ago. No national media at all.

Three teenagers accused of killing a 62-year-old father-of-12 in West Rogers Park were playing a game called “Pick ‘em out and knock ‘em down” when they videotaped themselves punching him in the face, prosecutors say.

Malik Jones, 16, Nicholas Ayala, 17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18, were caught after the video of Jones fatally punching Delfino Mora was posted on Jones’ Facebook page, according to authorities.

The three were playing a “game where the offender picks an innocent victim and knocks him out by striking him and likely robbing him as well,” Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Terry Clancy told Judge Israel Desierto in court Monday.

Similar attacks — some resulting in death — have previously been reported in Missouri, New Jersey and Decatur. The game also goes by the name “Knockout King,” and experts say it is a grab for attention.

Delfina Mora was salvaging cans to make a few dollars to support himself and his family. Now … close your eyes and imagine the media frenzy, the vigils, the protests, the calls to action, the president’s words …

If Mora was black and the three attackers were white.

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  1. WagTheDog on July 24, 2012 at 8:56 am

    This reminds me of the 90’s when gangs would randomly hunt down people and video while doing so.

  2. stinkfoot on July 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    The establishment is only interested in bullying if they can create a perception of crisis and cultivate the requisite demand that the government do something…. and in any cases where whites are victimizing minorities because this administration along with its sidekick, the mainstream media, is bent on race baiting- likely in hopes of stirring up justification for taking away a few more freedoms.? As a teen I was not given a long enough of a leash to do such things- and neither were any of my friends.

  3. Anybody but Obama on July 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Here’s the life?story of the? immigrant who was murdered. Just goes to show you don’t need a gun to do harm


  4. Benjamin Less on July 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I think most readers here are jumping to conclusions.? If the late, Delfina Mora were wearing a hoodie and taken out …wait.? Lemme think about this.
    Um okay, if the late Delfina Mora were seventeen year old and …never mind.
    I’m missing some vital calculation on the …”jump on the band wagon” campaign here.
    Lemme reread the article once again.? I’m sure that something is being overlooked.?

  5. cherwin on July 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    It is disgusting to think that three young men have nothing to do but think up things to do to innocent people just living their lives. Then boast about it. They are mimicking our president.
    Keep giving them a free ride with no responsibility and you are breeding more and more of this behavior. Obama’s example has shown them that anything goes. It’s OK to do whatever you want just like he is doing. If he doesn’t get voted out this year, America will never be the same. ?

    • ricbee on July 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      These kids will become big stars among their peers & after maybe a few years in some reform(HA HA) school,get worse & come out & do it again. Our only hope is that they meet an armed adversary.

  6. Benjamin Less on July 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Okay, I figured it out.? If the late Delfina Mora were not collecting cans he would not have been in the way of these young youths who were playing a game that could have injured him.? I would sue the late Delfina Mora’s family for letting him be in the way of these young youths.
    Simple.? Figured that one out simply.
    What Free Stuff did I win??
    Tell me, Tell me.

    • JBS on July 25, 2012 at 6:59 am

      You win an all-expense unpaid night on the streets of Chicago!!!!!!!!
      (Wild Muppet Screaming and Applause!!!!!!!!)

  7. Eric on July 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Kids like these are the result of human scum breeding like animals and then leaving them behind like so much chattel. ?They have no life to look forward to, so being the cowards they are they’ll prey in gangs on helpless victims, just to satisfy their sick idea of fun. ?Lock ’em up and throw away the key! ??

    • JBS on July 25, 2012 at 7:02 am

      These little urchins should meet a bigger bully in prison . . . maybe a relative or friend? of the victim . . .

  8. Dimsdale on July 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I wonder when the long time liberal programs of Chicago are going to start working to make the liberal utopia they keep telling us about?

  9. winnie on July 25, 2012 at 6:28 am

    This story of what I consider to be premeditated murder is enough to make my skin crawl.? It’s disgusting that the only press this innocent man got (other than here) was on youtube and in his obituary.??
    Referring to stinkfoot’s “short leash” comment, I’d like to add that, back in the day, we were raised, not dragged up to adulthood.? Not all mom’s were stay-at-home, but the ones who were kept all the neighborhood kids in line.? Bullying wasn’t tolerated because “the village” didn’t accept it as just a fact of life.? Yeah, there were some bullies, but they were shunned…as they should be.? These little pukes post the video on youtube and their peers applaud them.? It’s sickening — but then, it’s Chicago.

    • winnie on July 25, 2012 at 6:28 am

      (that should be “mo

    • winnie on July 25, 2012 at 6:29 am

      oh dear Lord…what’s going on this morning??
      The above should read “that should be “moms”…if this doesn’t post correctly, I give up.

  10. JBS on July 25, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Where’s a cop when you need one? Doughnut shop or filling out endless computerized forms and reports or studying for the next promotion test.
    Really, if Delfino Mora was armed . . . but not in Chicago. So, he’s dead and these three punks are going to learn more ways to commit crimes in prison — criminal networking. When released, they will continue their criminal ways.
    If it was Connecticut, these wastrels would already be out of prison on early release. Social justice.

  11. Tim-in-Alabama on July 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I call these, “Yes, We Can!” attacks.

    • stinkfoot on July 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Yes we “can”… and the late Delfina Mora was just trying to scrape together some change he could believe in.

  12. Lynn on July 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I think we should ban Fists. For now on, no one should be allowed to “clench their hands in fits of rage”(from “American Pie”). Who knew there was such wisdom in that song.


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