Convicted Felon Charged In Stabbing Death Of Autistic Whitney Young Student

CHICAGO (CBS) — A man who was already in jail in another case has been charged with the stabbing death of a popular Whitney Young High School student with autism nearly a year ago.

Darryl Ray, 31, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in the slaying of 19-year-old Brandon Porter-Young at the Jr. Plaza Hotel II at 3001 W. Jackson Blvd. on Feb. 2, 2018.

Darryl Ray, 31, is charged with murder in the stabbing death of autistic Whitney Young High School student Brandon Porter-Young. (Source: Chicago Police)

Police said DNA evidence linked Ray to the stabbing. A convicted felon, Ray is serving a prison sentence for robbery, aggravated battery, and resisting arrest, so his DNA was already on file in a criminal database.

Porter-Young was a handsome, quiet senior who loved gardening, and playing on the Special Olympics basketball team. He also participated in the Best Buddies program at Whitney Young, which matches special education students with peers at school.

Brandon Porter-Young (Source: Whitney Young High School)

Ray was due to appear in bond court Friday afternoon to face the murder charge in Porter-Young’s death.

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