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Father's Reaction To 9-Year Old Son's Gang Related Murder Is Everything That's Wrong With Innercity Black Culture

Father's Reaction To 9-Year Old Son's Gang Related Murder Is Everything That's Wrong With Innercity Black Culture

By Ashley Edwardson for Allen West

t’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.

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