4 Charged in Fatal Shooting of Niles North Swimmer

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Four teens have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Niles North High School student last week.

Max Gadau, 17, and a 17-year-old girl were either standing next to or inside a Honda Civic in the 9200 block of Kedvale Avenue when they were both shot. Gadau died in the attack and the girl was listed in critical condition at Evanston Hospital.

Dzevad Avdic, 19, of the 5900 block of South Honore in Chicago, Myles Hughes, 19, of the 4200 block of West 81st Street in Chicago, Jeremy Ly, 19, of the 8100 block of Lowell in Skokie, and Nicholas Smith 19, of the 3800 block of West 84th Street in Chicago were each charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

In court Sunday, prosecutors allege the shooting was part of a drug deal gone wrong.

The victim’s mother, Patricia Gadau, said her son was asked by a classmate, who’s allegedly involved in drugs, to accompany her for “protection.”

“Max went to front of the house, to the car, where they were approached by two men on foot and they shot him,” she said. “She wanted him to protect her and he did, and he lost his life for it.”

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