Crime

Community Offers $20,000 Reward For Information About Killer Of 9-Year-Old Boy In Chicago

| by Nicholas Roberts
Tyshawn Lee.Tyshawn Lee.

A 9-year-old boy was shot and killed in Chicago on Nov. 2, possibly targeted as part of a gang-related feud involving his relatives.

Chicago police said it was unclear if the child, Tyshawn Lee, was deliberately targeted or if it was a case of being “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” reports the Chicago Tribune.

Chief of Detectives Dean Andrews said the boy was in an alley with “a number of unknown individuals” at about 4:15 p.m., when an argument broke out. Somebody fired shots and the group scattered. Tyshawn was shot in the upper body and was pronounced dead at 4:39 p.m.

Police said they believe Tyshawn's father may have information about the possible retaliation, but he has not been forthcoming. Community groups have raised $20,000 as a reward for information about Tyshawn's murder, according to ABC 7.

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Tyshawn's mother, Karla Lee, tearfully appealed for the public's help in bringing her son's murderer to justice. She has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her son's funeral.

"I just want justice for my son. If anyone knows anything, please let the police know," Lee said.

Police have continued to canvass the neighborhood while they try to find the identity of the killer.

"You're an enemy of this community and the house that is hiding you, if they don't turn you in today, you are an enemy of this community," said the Rev. Michael Pflegler of Saint Sabina Church, addressing the shooter.

Other community activists echoed the sentiment and called for the killer to surrender.

"This child should be in a classroom tomorrow," said Andrew Holmes, an activist and a member of Chicago Survivors, a group that helps mourning families who have lost loved ones to violence. "The perpetrators who discharged this weapon shouldn't have no bed to sleep in tonight. ... This was a baby."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel weighed in on the shooting: “Whoever did this, there is a special place for them. I hope they never see freedom. I hope they never see daylight."

Sources: The Chicago Tribune, ABC 7 / Photo credit: GoFundMe, Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune