Darius Mayze accused of second fatal Lawndale stabbing in 2018


A man facing murder charges in connection with a fatal 2018 stabbing in Lawndale is accused of stabbing another person to death that year in the same neighborhood.

Darius Mayze, 25, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Refugio Ceja, Chicago police said Thursday.

Mayze was already in custody and facing a charge of first-degree murder for 58-year-old Ronald Rockett’s death on Nov. 20, 2018.

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Ceja, 54, was found on the ground and unresponsive Nov. 15, 2018, in the 1100 block of South Keeler Avenue, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He had been stabbed in the neck and shoulder and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rockett was stabbed multiple times a few days later blocks away in the 1200 block of South Christiana Avenue, authorities said. An autopsy found he died from multiple stab wounds.

Mayze was arrested Dec. 2, 2018, after police released video of a suspect walking back and forth in front of Rockett’s building and then following Rockett when he arrived home.

He was taken into custody after being spotted in the 3300 block of Roosevelt Road, wearing the same clothes as the person in the video, authorities said.

According to Cook County prosecutors at the time, Mayze told investigators, “Kill as many people as you want,” “I killed both,” and, “Why I just, two or three motherf—–s.” Prosecutors did not provide context for the statements.

After he was arrested for Rockett’s death, police connected Mayze to the deaths of Ceja and 57-year-old Ruby Humphrey, who was found dead of stab wounds Nov. 13, 2018, in the 3100 block of West Taylor Street.

No charges have been filed in connection with Humphrey’s death.

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