9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, an elementary school student, was walking to a relative’s home at approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday when he was lured from a nearby park and into a neighborhood alley on the 8000 block of S. Damen Ave., where he was shot in the head and back.
Authorities have called on the child’s father, Pierre Stokes, to cooperate with them (since its believed that the fathers alleged gang ties played a role in the boy’s murder) in solving the murder that they described as “absolutely hateful”.
- “Let me be clear that Mr. Stokes is a parent who lost his son,” Anthony Guglielmi, chief spokesman of the Chicago Police Department, told FoxNews.com. “But he potentially knows who did this. He potentially knows the background of the feud he was involved in.”
As of Friday morning, according to police, Stokes was not cooperating.
- “He emphatically communicated he has nothing to tell us,” Guglielmi said.
“It’s so heinous that a criminal enterprise would target the child of another gang member.” said Guglielmi.”
It’s gone to another level that, frankly, Chicago hasn’t seen in a very long time.”
Guglielmi said investigators initially thought the boy might have been “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” But the shock of the child’s murder prompted members of the community to come forward with information about his father’s gang affiliation.
Guglielmi said he knows the gangs involved but, “We need more people to come forward.”
- “This case is going to break on community intelligence,” he said, noting a 35,000 reward that is being offered for any information leading to an arrest. “We are going to find out who did this. We are going hold them accountable.”
A local Catholic priest has also said he’s committed to justice for the boy and offered to pay money out of his own pocket to help anyone with information move from Chicago.
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