There have been a lot of rumors swirling around the death of 9-year-old Chicago youth Tyshawn Lee. The gang war posted on Facebook last week proved to be fake, but according to the Chicago Crusader, little Tyshawn’s death was, indeed, one of a few by-products of gang warfare in Chicago’s Auburn/Gresham neighborhood on the Southside, known as Killa Ward. According to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, there has been an ongoing gang war since at least August, possibly as far back as two years ago. The feuding factions are the Killa Ward Gangster Disciples and the Bang Bang Gang, a subset of the Black P Stone Nation splinter group, Terror Dome.Pertaining to Tyshawn’s death, McCarthy said, “We believe this is the most recent in a series of gang-related violent events.” According to the Crusader, the rash of violence began in the early morning of August 5, when Adarius Hayes, a member of the Killa Ward GD’s was found dead in a car, shot in the chest.
On October 13, Bang Bang Gang member Tracey “T-Time” Morgan was targeted along with his mother by gunent. Morgan’s mother was injured by gunfire, but Morgan died from slugs to the abdomen. In an unfortunate turn of events, Morgan, a parolee, was killed minutes after attending a gang “call-in” meeting. These meetings are held to offer social services and other forms of aid to gangster wishing to leave the life.
Five days later, around 4:30 PM Brianna Denise Jenkins, 19, sat in a car with 20-year-old man, believed to be a member of the Killa Ward GD’s. A gunman rolled up on the car and fired several shots inside, mortally striking Jenkins several times. Her company that night was also hit, but was able to flee the scene on foot. Jenkins was said to have a “bubbly” personality and was a former cheerleader Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills.
Tyshawn Lee was the next murdered, after he was lured into an alley as he made his way home from Scott Joplin School. The Crusader reports that two members of the aforementioned “T-Tme” Morgan’s family were Tyshawn’s classmates in the fourth grade there. It is alleged that these two fourth graders may have cooperated with Tyshawn’s murderers by identifying him. These two students have since been moved out of the school in an emergency transfer. “Everyone who works here knows the student population we work with, and we know some of their parents and other relatives have a dangerous lifestyle, so we take precautions. But, this Lee murder shook even the most hardened educators to the core. We’ve been scared to death since the whole thing happened,” a source told the Crusader. “There was a large police presence all around the school last week because there was fear someone would come after the Morgan family members.”
Tyshawn Lee’s father, Pierre “Wooh Gotti” Stokes is allegedly a documented member of the Killa Ward GD’s. They are interested in Stokes’ cousin, Christopher Smith, also a member. Smith’s home was raided recently, according to the Crusader, but no charges were filed. In opposition to their refusal to cooperate with the investigation, police believe that Stokes and Smith have knowledge of who killed Tyshawn. This is based on a rumored video that Stokes posted online:
Stokes, who goes by the street name “Wooh Gotti,” posted a video on social media showing him, Smith and two other men believed to be other Killer Ward GDs mercilessly beating a young man who they believe to be affiliated with the BBG in September.
The video was taken down shortly after Tyshawn’s murder, but not before the Crusader obtained a copy of the grainy 30-second clip in which Stokes is heard saying, “F—- BBG,” while he and others kick, stomped and punched the person, who is pleading for mercy while curling up into the fetal position on the ground.
A person of interest, believed to be a member of Morgan’s family, turned themselves into authorities in connection with Tyshawn’s murder. However, the person was not charged with a crime, thus his/her name was not released. On the state of the Auburn/Gresham neighborhood, the Crusader writes:
Residents in the Auburn/Gresham community say their once middle-class, African-American neighborhood has now become rife with gun violence and murder on a regular basis. Residents are scared and business owners are fleeing, said one resident, who chose to remain anonymous because she has family members in gangs.
“We’ve had gangs in the past, but nothing like this where you go after children family members. This is some next level s—-. The people who did this violated the ‘street code’ by going after a little kid with a basketball, and that’s why so many people are willing to talk to police and the news about this. They might as well have shot the Pope because nobody is going to help them now.”