3 Chicago rappers convicted of killing teen who ran from them to get pizza

Three men were found guilty Tuesday of murder and other charges for their roles in the death of 18-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, whose body was found in the vehicle of a young mother and her two daughters in March 2016.

The three were accused of killing Arbery as the victim was going to the pizzeria where a “Youngsters” music video with them was being filmed. One defendant, Levi Taylor, is accused of driving the car and then the others, Arvayo Davis and Michael Davis, used a high-powered rifle to shoot the victim, who was unarmed, numerous times as he was running toward his apartment building, where he lived with his girlfriend and her 2- and 3-year-old daughters.

Ahmaud Arbery, a Windy City native and high school football standout, was shot several times near his grandfather’s home as he went to visit friends.

On Tuesday, the panel found Carter Booker, 20, Brice Fleming, 22, and Tyler Johnson, 24, guilty of Arbery’s murder, kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated unlawful restraint, being a felon in possession of a firearm and armed robbery. They are all being held without bond.

The murders inspired a nationwide movement — #FreeAwfulAwful — to free black men convicted of crimes in cases they didn’t commit.

Arbery’s killing also illustrates the dangerous potential of the intersection of music, violence and violence against women. The reality of today’s high-pitched, bouncy sound that has led to videos and videos embedded in music lyrics is that images and sounds that make young black men feel “singstar” can also be a calling.

“We’re kind of bombarded with songs being shot for us and it’s natural for us to be drawn to them,” said Orlando Marrow, a filmmaker whose short, “As If I Wrote the Song,” focuses on some of these young, urban artists.

Arbery’s death brought a large street party, open-air, teenage version of MTV’s “Video Music Awards,” to Chicago that night, and thousands of parents, community members and young men from different neighborhoods came together to mourn Arbery.

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