‘Killing new low for Chicago’:
The death of a 9-year-old boy who was killed in an alleged gang execution marks “a new low” for Chicago, a priest said Tuesday during the boy’s funeral.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and actor-rapper Nick Cannon were among the hundreds attending the funeral of Tyshawn Lee at St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church, where the boy’s body rested in a small, red casket. Tyshawn was shot in the head Nov 2 in an alley as he was headed to his grandmother’s house in a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
During Tuesday’s service, the Rev. Michael Pfleger said the boy’s death is a wake-up call for the city.
“A baby was executed,” Pfleger said. “We have gone to a new low that’s removed what used to be some codes, some barriers, some lines that used to be drawn in the community, some things in our city that were not acceptable.”
Pfleger, who shook hands and hugged visitors who filled the pews and lined up along the walls and on staircases of the church, received a standing ovation for questioning why an abundance of community and police resources were devoted to look for suspects in the fatal shooting of a suburban Chicago police officer, whose