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Man Charged In Double Murder In Ford Heights

CHICAGO (STMW) -- A man has been charged with shooting two people to death last month inside a van in south suburban Ford Heights.

Ladarius Harris, 22, faces two counts of first-degree murder, according to a statement from the Cook County sheriff's office.

Harris was arrested Tuesday at a home in Chicago Heights after sheriff's police identified him as the shooter in a double homicide, according to the statement.

Two people were found shot to death inside a 2001 white Ford van about 1:25 a.m. on Nov. 2 in the 1500 block of Park Lane in Ford Heights, authorities said.

Ephram Nelson Jones, 17, of the 1100 block of Park Avenue in Ford Heights, and 19-year-old Cyrus Johnson, who lived on the same block as the shooting, were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Autopsies Sunday found both Jones and Johnson died of multiple gunshot wounds and their deaths were ruled homicides, the medical examiner's office said.

The sheriff's office did not provide a motive for the murders.

Harris, of the 100 block of Hickory Street in Chicago Heights, is scheduled to appear in bond court at the Markham Courthouse on Thursday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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