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Candlelight vigil scheduled for teen beaten to death

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A candlelight vigil will be held Sunday afternoon outside Fenger Academy High School in memory of one of its students who was beaten to death outside a Far South Side community center earlier this week, according to the victim's family. Derrion Albert, 16, found himself in the middle of a deadly melee with dozens of teenage boys Thursday afternoon in a vacant lot outside the Agape Community Center, 342 W. 111th St., in the Roseland neighborhood. He was later pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Witnesses and police said Friday that the Fenger High School junior was not a target but simply passed by the community center from school and was swept into the violent altercation. The honor roll student known for his love of computers became the third Chicago teenager slain this month. At least seven more have been shot. The vigil will be held in Albert's honor outside the school, 11220 S. Wallace St., at 1 p.m. Sunday, said Eunice Cross, the teen's surrogate grandmother. Police and witnesses say the melee was a culmination of a simmering rivalry between two groups of Fenger students, one that lived near the school and the other from the Altgeld Gardens housing development. Neighbors said the feud has been building since August, spilling across Roseland streets and, some say, into Fenger. Police this afternoon said no one was in custody in connection with Albert's death History lesson: 10 things you might not know about the Olympics