Chicago police reported on Nov. 5 that Tyshawn Lee, the 9-year-old boy from Chicago who was shot and killed on Nov. 2, was lured into an alley and executed because of his father's gang ties.
"At this point, we believe that Tyshawn was targeted, lured to this spot and murdered. We believe that this is the most recent in a series of gang-related, violent events," Supt. Garry McCarthy told on news conference on Nov. 4. McCarthy said that police are currently investigating any gang ties that Lee's father, Pierre Stokes, may have had, according to ABC 7 and the Chicago Tribune.
The conflict involves two Chicago gangs: the Gangster Disciples and the Black P Stones, police sources told the Chicago Tribune. Pierre Stokes is reportedly a convicted felon and a member of the Gangster Disciples, and police believe that a faction of the Black P Stones targeted and killed Tyshawn Lee for this reason.
Stokes rejected the allegations of gang ties and said that he does not believe that his son was targeted for retaliation, because he denies that anyone would have a motive to to kill him, according to a Tribune interview with Stokes.
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A person of interest in the case had surrendered themselves on the night of Nov. 2, but was later released after questioning. McCarthy reported that police had to let the man free after he refused to give a statement.
On Nov. 4, a second person of interest turned themselves in for questioning by law enforcement in connection with Lee's shooting and was questioned for about nine hours, according to ABC 7.
Family and friends of Tyshawn Lee continue to mourn his death, and community leaders have now raised the reward for information regarding his death has been raised from $25,000 to $35,000.
"Let's get this person who did this to our children, that wasn't just her grandson, that's my grandson too," said Kimberly Williams, a friend of Lee's family.