A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Terrance Wright, an 18-year-old gay teen killed earlier this month on Chicago's South Side.

The boy, whose name was not released, was charged with the murder in Juvenile Court on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Police believe the boy shot Terrance Wright in the chest on October 20 after he left his high school in the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood. The teen died from his wounds eight days before he would have turned 19.

Police were directed to the boy by his mother.

The victim's family has previously said they believed Terrance was murdered because he was openly gay.

“I believe they only did that to him because he was gay,” said Javone Wright, Terrance's 16-year-old brother.

“What they going to rob him of – his books?” rhetorically asked Wright's uncle, Tywan Bouldin, who also believes his nephew died because of his sexual orientation.

Bouldin said Terrance was bullied at school and in his neighborhood.

“They had to kill my cousin because he was gay,” said Kenyatta Rogers. “That's crazy.”