Chicago police are alleging that Tyshawn Lee was not the victim of random crossfire, but rather the intended target of a planned execution.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters Tuesday that Tyshawn was “lured” into the alley because of his “family relationship with a member of a gang,” CNN reports.
“Tyshawn Lee was murdered in probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime that I’ve witnessed in 35 years of policing,” McCarthy said. “We’re pretty certain that this is not an accident. He was not a bystander.”
McCarthy said it was the gang ties of Tyshawn’s father that led to him being fatally shot, the Chicago Tribune reports. Tyshawn was the latest casualty in back-and-forth shootings between rival gangs.
Tyshawn’s father, Pierre Stokes, 25, spoke with the Tribune and denied anyone would have a motive to kill him and that, if someone did, there was no reason to take it out on his son because he’s out in the neighborhood all the time.
“I’m not hard to find,” he said.
Stokes is not too pleased with police being more focused on him and not finding the killer.
“They’re more worried about me. Why are you worried about me, not the killer?” he told the Tribune outside of his home in the Auburn-Gresham community. “I’m not the killer. Worry about the killer.”
Tyshawn’s funeral has been scheduled for Nov. 10 at St. Sabina Catholic Church, according to ABC 7 Chicago. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m.
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Tyshawn Lee Allegedly ‘Lured’ Into Alley and Executed
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