Common Wants To Curb Chicago Youth Violence

Source:  Steven Roberts, with additional reporting by Jayson Rodriguez

Following death of Derrion Albert, rapper says it’s ‘our responsibility’ to teach kids to value their own lives.

In the wake of the tragic death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert, many hip-hop artists have spoken out about violence, not only among the youth of Chicago, but in other cities like Atlanta and Newark. Nas wrote an open letter to Chicago teens following the honor student’s senseless beating death, urging them that they were fighting the wrong war.

Killer Mike blogged, apologizing to Albert and the four teens charged with his murder, Silvonus Shannon, 19; Eugene Riley, 18; Eugene Bailey, 17; and Eric Carson, 16, for letting them down. David Banner also addressed the situation in his song, appropriately titled, “Something Is Wrong.”

MTV News caught up withCommon at Wednesday’s Hennessy Artistry 2009 Seriesshow in New York, and the legendary Chicago MC echoed their sentiments. “For me, I grew up around it, but I have a great mom, have a wonderful stepfather and great family around, and I know every kid is not provided that blessing which we should naturally have,” Common said.

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4th Teen Charged in Chicago Beating Death

Posting this story pains me so much but what am I to do? Ignore it? These young men have now lost their lives in addition to Derrion Albert.We have a nation of kids who are not going to make it if we don’t take a valiant stand at this point.
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via Newser

(AP Summary) – A fourth teenager has been charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of a Chicago student who was walking home from school. Prosecutors announced charges tonight against 18-year-old Eugene Bailey, whose aunt has said her nephew didn’t have anything to do with the beating that killed 16-year Derrion Albert on Thursday.

Prosecutors say the violence stemmed from a shooting early that morning involving two groups of students from different neighborhoods who then fought after school. They say Albert was a bystander and not part of either group. Three other teens were charged earlier Monday.
Source: Associated Press

More Unbelievable Chicago Violence : Derrion Albert killed by teenage mob(Graphic video included)

This is truly out of hand. Where are the community leaders? Where are the men in these neighborhoods?

I am getting tired of posting videos like these about the violence in Chicago and elsewhere where kids all too often are the victims.

The family wants this video to be seen by the public, that is why I am posting it out of respect for their wishes. Our community is in deep trouble, if we don’t stop talking about (Tiny and Toya & Real Chance of Love) and address the real issues that face us.

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via Chicago Tribune

Four people were being questioned in connection with the beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert during a melee Thursday outside a Far South Side community center, as an amateur video helped police identified several people who were on-scene at the time.

Meanwhile, a planned vigil for Derrion outside his school, Fenger High School, has been postponed to Monday at 1 p.m., Albert’s grandfather Joseph Walker said this morning.
Family members had planned to hold a vigil and march this afternoon but opted to reschedule at the request of the Chicago Public Schools, Walker said.

Police are still investigating the incident, interviewing witnesses, including those identified through an amateur video taken by a person at the Agape Community Center, 342 W. 111th St., that was provided to Fox affiliate WFLD-Ch. 32. The station turned the video over to detectives Friday night, police said today.

Chicago Police spokesman Roderick Drew said investigators have identified several people from the tape. Three people who were at least 17 and one juvenile were being questioned Sunday evening in the attack, a law enforcement source said.

In a press conference at Police Headquarters regarding security at Fenger, 11220 S. Wallace St., Calumet Area Detective Division Commander Eddie Welch said the video has helped in the investigation.

he video contains scenes of graphic violence.)

When asked if police are encouraging people to watch the video to see if they can identify someone on the video, Drew said that “We would rather have people who were involved in it, innocent or not, to call police.”

The video shows dozens of people punching, kicking and swinging planks in a melee in a lot next to the community center and the adjacent street. At one point, four or five males — including one wielding a two-by-four — can be seen beating and stomping another person, believed to be Albert, who had fallen to the ground.

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