'He Wasn't in a Gang, He Didn't Do Drugs': Ingraham Talks to Aunt of Teen Murdered in Chicago
In a special "Ingraham Angle" town hall Laura Ingraham delved into the reasons behind the staggering levels of violence on the streets of Chicago.
In a riveting hour, Ingraham spoke to members of law enforcement, religious leaders, politicians, victims of violence and everyday Chicago citizens in an effort to find solutions as the city gets set for new leadership in Feb. 2019.
With nearly 1,000 being shot this year in the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) unexpectedly announced this week that he will not seek a third term in office next year.
As part of the town hall, Ingraham held an emotional interview with Rochelle Sykes whose nephew, Demetrius Griffin Jr., was murdered two years ago at age 15.
Demetrius' body was found burned beyond recognition in an alley on the city's West Side. Sykes said her nephew was not involved with gangs, yet still fell victim.
"They burnt him alive in a garbage can. He wasn't in a gang, he didn't do drugs. What is it that he could have done so bad that a monster would take his life like that?" she asked, explaining the murder occurred just two blocks from his home.
Sykes said she can't go into the house where Demetrius lived without hearing his voice and that he was "looking so forward" to his freshman year of high school and joining the school swim team.
She said there have been no leads or suspects in the case, so her nephew has become "another statistic" in the city's murder epidemic. Sykes wondered how no one nearby heard Demetrius yelling for help, calling out a "code of silence" in the city when it comes to talking to police.
Ingraham said the lack of arrests for violent crimes in the city is "outrageous."
"If we have people leading our city [who] are not concerned with the protection of our children, then where do we stand as people?" Sykes asked.
Watch more from the town hall special, here.