T.I. Slams Chiraq Violence Amid Tyshawn Lee’s Murder: That Ain’t Gangsta

Chicago violence is no longer a local problem. The escalating violence continues to place the Windy City in the national spotlight. The murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in South Side Chicago has stirred conversation all throughout social media and major media outlets. Even celebrities have chimed in.

T.I. is the latest entertainer to offer his two cents on Chicago’s senseless violence. Tip posted a photo of Tyshawn onto his IG account with a caption, reading, “Sh*t F*cked Up…. Putting Innocent lives at stake for personal vendettas ain’t Gangsta #PrayForChicago.”

Tyshawn Lee’s home-going service was held Tuesday afternoon at St. Sabina church in South Side Chicago. Hundreds of community residents were in attendance to say their farewells to the 9-year-old boy who was gunned down in an alley in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood last Monday afternoon. Among those who attended the service was Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and actor Nick Cannon.

Father Michael Pfleger gave a moving speech to his congregation.

“Our children deserve to walk the streets,” he said, according NBC Chicago. “Tyshawn was not in the wrong place, the murderer, the assassin was in the wrong place. We must find the killer of Tyshawn.”

Tyshawn, a student at Scott Joplin Elementary School, was shot several times in the upper body, including the head and back, ABC 7 Chicago reports. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Tyshawn’s grandmother, Bertha Lee, found his body lying in a pool of blood with his basketball next to him.

Fr. Michael Pfleger, of St. Sabina Church, and community activist Andrew Holmes have raised over $54,000 for information leading to the capture of the person or persons responsible for the killing of Tyshawn.

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