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Father of Tyshawn Lee Charged With Aggravated Battery

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Pierre Stokes, the father of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, who was killed near his Chicago home in November 2015, was charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Police responded to a battery in progress on March 8, according to WLS-TV. Officers found a 31-year-old with a gunshot wound in his left forearm, a 30-year-old with a wound in his right arm, and a 29-year-old woman with a graze wound to her face. The men were treated at a hospital and released. The woman refused medical assistance.

The woman is reportedly the girlfriend of Cory Morgan, who is in custody awaiting trial for Tyshawn's murder, reports Chicago Tribune.

Earlier that day, officials charged Dwright Boone-Doty with the murder of Tyshawn Lee. Boone-Doty was the gunman who allegedly lured Tyshawn into an alley and shot the child several times on Nov. 2, 2015, which led to a nationwide outrage.

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Boone-Doty was reportedly accompanied by two accomplices, Corey Morgan and Kevin Edwards. Morgan has been also charged with his role in the killing, but Edwards has yet to be apprehended by police and is believed to be out-of-state, according to The Chicago Tribune.

The feud allegedly was intensified by the wounding of Corey Morgan’s mother during the fatal attack on Tracey Morgan, Corey’s brother, in October 2015. The wounding of a mother breached unwritten gang protocol, and Morgan was reported to have said that he was planning to target “grandmas, mamas, kids and all,” according to prosecutors.

"Mr. Stokes, who was involved in a gang lifestyle, ultimately suffered an unspeakable loss with the calculated execution of his son," Chicago police said in a statement on March 13. "Despite this, he continued to engage in the same gang activity that started this initial cycle of violence.”

In an interview after his son’s murder, Stokes said he believed his son was targeted, but denied that any sort of retaliation played a role in the killing. He was also frustrated that investigators expressed so much interest in him instead of focusing on finding his son’s killer.

"They're more worried about me,” Stoked said at the time. “Why are you worried about me, not the killer?"

“CPD will continue our efforts to disrupt gang activity in Chicago and at the same time work with our community partners through our gang call-ins to try and urge gang members to see the casualties of that lifestyle and offer alternatives like job placement, training and education options," the statement continued.

Sources: Chicago Tribune, WLS-TV / Photo credit: DNA Info

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