This is the worst news.
A 9-year-old boy was shot and killed in Chicago on Thursday in what investigators believe was retaliation for the boys’ father’s gang ties.
Dribbling his basketball, Tyshawn Lee was apparently lured into the alley and shot twice by unknown assailants.
According to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy:
“Tyshawn Lee was murdered in probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime that I’ve witnessed in 35 years of policing.”
McCarthy ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ who is searching for the suspects ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ alleged on Thursday night that Lee’s father, Pierre Stokes, has significant gang ties that played a direct role in Tyshawn’s killing.
Stokes, though, has refused to cooperate with police and he denies having those ties:
“No, I don’t think it was no retaliation because I never did nothing… for nobody to hurt my son.”
Stokes happened to be in court on Thursday on an unrelated felony weapons charge; has also served time for armed robbery among other dangerous offenses.
Reverend Michael Pfleger, an activist and leader at St. Sabina Catholic Church on the south side of Chicago, was distraught about the “new low” that Tyshawn’s killing had brought:
“There used to be some codes, some barriers, some lines that used to be drawn in the community, some things in the city that were not acceptable. An execution of a baby took place on our watch in the city of Chicago. We must now put the code back. We got to draw the lines back.”
Truly horrifying, tragic, and unbelievable.
Our thoughts are with Tyshawn’s family and friends as they begin to cope with this terrible situation.
[Image via USA TODAY.]