Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Posted by: Roxxanne Roxxanne

Derrion Albert

According to the Chicago Sun Times and CNN, Derrion Albert, a 16-year old honor student at Christian Fenger Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois was savagely murdered by three Chicago teens last Thursday, while tens of dozens of people were present and one unnamed person even videotapped the incident.

Three teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 16-year-old boy whose beating was captured on amateur video. Nineteen-year-old Silvanus Shannon, 16-year-old Eric Carson and 18-year-old Eugene Riley were charged as adults with first degree felony murder, said Tandra Simonton, spokesperson for the Cook County States Attorney. They were all held without bond. They are charged in the death of Derrion Albert, an honors student who was beaten to death last Thursday. An amateur videotape of the beating has been broadcast nationally.

The incident was not gang related but arose from a disagreement between students who live in Altgeld Gardens and another group who live in an area known as the “Ville,” according to assistant Cook County state’s attorney Jodi Peterson.

It was a brutal and violent attack in which the victim was merely a bystander,” Peterson said. Earlier Thursday morning, the fight between the two factions led to a shooting outside the school, Peterson said. That led to a brawl near the school after classes finished shortly before 3 p.m., Peterson said.

Derrion had been standing near the fighting at 343 W. 111th Street when Carson and an unknown offender from the “Ville” approached him, Peterson said. Carson struck Derrion in the head with a long wooden railroad tie and the unknown offender punched him in the face, knocking Derrion unconscious, Peterson said.

When Derrion gained consciousness, he moved a few feet away from the mob and tried getting up. But he was attacked again. Soon, a group of five from the Altgeld Gardens faction descended upon Derrion. He was struck again with a railroad tied wielded by Riley as Shannon stomped on his head repeatedly, Peterson said.

The video, shot by a witness, allegedly shows all three striking, punching and stomping Derrion in the head. It's unclear who shot the footage, but a local television station that received the tape turned it over to police. The tape shows attackers wielding two-by-four wooden planks and punching and kicking a single person. At one point, four or five males are seen beating and stomping the same young man after he falls to the ground.

As the attackers run away, the person with the camera and several others approached Albert and carried him into a nearby building. "Derrion, get up!" a female voice pleads. On Monday, family and friends, some wearing shirts bearing Albert's photo, held a vigil in his honor.

Albert's grandfather, Joseph Walker, told CNN affiliate WLS-TV that his grandson was a good kid who didn't deserve to die. "He was in bible class this Tuesday night. Church on Sunday," Walker told WLS-TV. "I have no trouble out of my grandson whatsoever. This thing that happened to him is so horrific that we just don't know what we're going to do. We lost a really dear friend in my grandson. He was a blessed child."

Walker said the family was struggling to come to terms with why Albert was killed. "I don't know where all this anger come from these people today," he told WLS-TV. "That's just too much anger for someone to have in their heart. All I can do is I'm going to pray for these people, I'm going to pray for forgiveness."

Albert's aunt, Rose Braxton, told CNN affiliate WGN-TV that the family was even more hurt that a memorial in Albert's honor was burned down. "To go and burn a memorial after such tragedy, then that just speaks for itself to what kind of people they are," she told WGN-TV.

Family and friends asked the community to turn in anyone they knew who was a part of Albert's beating. "What kind of person, what kind of individual, has such rage and such anger and such madness?" the Rev. Michael Pfleger said. "We've got to get to the hearts of our children, because nothing, nothing, excuses or justifies the actions of an individual who would beat another individual. Nothing justifies that in this society. "Pfleger said it was time to make a change, so children aren't afraid to go to or from school. He said this kind of teen violence was not just an issue for Chicago, but from "Oakland to Newark." Ron Huberman, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, said he had met with Albert's classmates. "How do we make sure this event doesn't become another event?" he said. "Another vigil on another day." he said.

Eugene Riley, 18, (left) and Silvonus Shannon, 19, are among three teens charged in the fatal beating of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert, 16. Eric Carson, 16, also was charged in the beating.

Shannon, a Fenger student, and Riley both gave videotaped confessions to their roles in the beating, Peterson said. Shannon has a job as a landscaper. Riley, a high school graduate, works part time at a health care facility and auto repair shop. The pair do not have criminal backgrounds. Carson, a Fenger junior, is currently serving a two-year probation for a July 2008 robbery.

Below is the graphic and disturbing video of Derrion Albert's murder.

This whole incident saddens me to the point of tears. I can be honest with you guys when I say that after reading the articles and viewing the video last night, I cried for several minutes.

My tears were from:
1. frustration at the senseless acts of violence displayed in the video by young African-American teens killing another young African-American teen;

2. knowing that Derrion Albert was a young man with what appeared to be a bright future and that his possibilities have ended and; 

3. reading that Derrion was an innocent bystander trying to do the right thing by stopping the teens from attacking a fellow student, and not only is he dead because of it, but so many people watched as the teens repeatedly and savagely beat Derrion with a two-by-four, stomped; and punched -- someone even videotapped the incident, but NO ONE intervened until it was too late.

Rest in peace Derrion Albert. Your death will not be in vain!

In related news MC Nas (who I absolutely adore), has written an open letter regarding the Derrion Albert incident.

Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars! Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool. Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling , that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one. But….

We chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, fila’s , and name plate chains. Deaths over “he say she say”!!!!! “I’m from This block or I’m from that block”, or “my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay”!!!
I remember feeling like I was the hardest “n*gga” breathin. And I couldn’t wait to prove it. But let’s think. What r we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household.
You have the ability and mind power to change they way we are looked at. Look who’s watching us young warriors, look who’s throwin us in jail constantly, look at the ignorance in the world. Look at the racist dogs who love to see us down. Lovin to bury us in the ground or in jail were we continue this worthless war on one another. Young warriors…. We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz This movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, boys n the hood , blood n blood out, Belly!

When we see each other why do we see hatred? Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS….and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other.. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I’m with you young warriors. You’re me and I’m you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war.


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