It’s hard to imagine violence on the streets of Chicago could get any worse, but it may have just hit an all time low even for that city. We’ve commented on the dire situation here several times, most recently after Chicago had its deadliest month.And it’s almost impossible to read through the news on Monday without hearing that Chicago street violence has hit another all time high. But now MSN reports that the lowest of the low in society –gang members — have actually set a new record by killing a 9-year-old boy in a gang-related hit:
Nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee was targeted because of his father’s gang ties, lured into a South Side alley Monday afternoon and executed, Chicago police officials said Thursday.
Speaking at the edge of the alley where Tyshawn was shot multiple times, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the slaying “probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime” he had seen in his 35 years in law enforcement.
McCarthy said police believe Tyshawn was killed because of his father’s gang ties and a recent series of shootings between rival gangs.Tyshawn, a fourth-grader at Joplin Elementary School who loved to play basketball, was walking to his grandmother’s house Monday afternoon when police said he was lured to the alley in the 8000 block of South Damen Avenue and shot repeatedly.
A basketball he always carried with him was found nearby.
McCarthy told reporters that Stokes might know who killed his son but that he has refused to cooperate with police. When investigators approached him, Stokes responded with words that “you can’t say … on TV,” McCarthy said.Earlier Thursday, Stokes showed up at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for a status hearing on a felony gun charge he faces. His attorney didn’t appear, so the judge gave him a continuance after Stokes mentioned “my son was killed.”
According to court records, Stokes pleaded guilty to armed robbery in mid-2011 and was sentenced to six years in state prison.”This may be one of the most tragic stories of inner city violence and the breakdown of the black family we’ve ever seen. Here is an innocent child gunned down potentially for his father’s crimes – and the father won’t even help track down the child’s killer.
It’s obvious to everyone in the nation that the mayor of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, and Cook County officials are incapable of defending the citizens of Chicago. It’s time to call in the National Guard. Chicago is a war zone.
[Note: This article was written by former law enforcement officer, Ashley Edwardson]