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The funeral of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, the Chicago boy who was fatally shot last week, still leaves the family numb and stunned by the what some are calling one of the worst crimes in a long time.

The BBC.com reports:

The Reverend Michael Pfleger told mourners it was “a new low for Chicago” and that the city “has to face itself”.

Police believe members of a rival gang lured Tyshawn away from a park near his grandmother’s home and shot him.

Officers have called the crime “unfathomable” and are offering rewards for anyone with leads on the suspects.

His small red casket arrived at St Sabina’s Church on Chicago’s South Side, where the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel was among those paying their respects.

Police say Tyshawn’s death can be attributed to two gangs fighting and retaliating against one another for months.

The Faith Community of St Sabina has raised at least $54,000 (£35,000) in reward money.

Tyshawn’s father Pierre Stokes told ABC7 in Chicago his son’s death had nothing to do with gang affiliations and is frustrated the police are focusing on him.

“I don’t want to harm nobody, I just want to see justice for my son by seeing the person who did it – whoever did it – locked up. That’s all I ever want,” he told ABC7.

 

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5 thoughts on “Tyshawn Lee Buried, Questions Surrounding His Death Still Unanswered

  1. So sad this innocent little boy being murdered in the streets.

    If this is gang related-the child may have been an innocent by-stander-just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Gang members don’t care if they are committing a murder to make their Bones (being
    accepted into the Gang).

    I hope they do apprehend whoever did this and put them behind bars for LIFE!!!!!!!

  2. Lorraine on said:

    I remember the murder of the other young boy earlier this year who ran into the alley after he could not have cookies at home. The gang members thought he was a spy sent from another gang and shot that little boy dead also. This uneducated gang mess has got to stop. This is not a rap video or a Boys in the Hood movie. This is real life. Somebodies family being killed in cold blood. Black people where did all this mean, evil, dangerous behavior come from? God bless of all.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    For a second or two, I thought the same thing, maybe his dad is telling the truth. But then I heard him speak on the radio and went with my original suspicion that he is not completely forth coming. His son was the target, but why? I don’t understand the mentality of people who live this lifestyle and maybe it’s not for me to understand. $11,000 can make a big difference in somebody’s life there, so I hope the reward offer will bring more leads and the murders will be brought to justice.

  4. Timothy Green on said:

    The crazy thing is that what the father is saying could actually be true, everyone could have tunnel vision swearing its a gang retaliation that they overlook all evidence to the contrary… hmmms … always a possibility

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