This is an update to this post.
Tyshawn Lee: His gang banger dad tells cops to f**k off.
When Chicago police asked the father of slain 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee to help catch his son’s killer he didn’t just decline to help, the reputed gang member told investigators to “f— off,” sources told DNAinfo.com.
Police believe Tyshawn was executed due to the gang affiliation of his father, Pierre Stokes — who told reporters police have harassed him “trying to see if I’ll get mad, if I’m gonna do something. They want to lock me up.”
Stokes is a reputed member of the Gangster Disciple faction “Killa Ward” that police sources say has been at war with the “Terra Dome” faction of the Black P Stone street gang.
While it’s unclear what the gang beef is about, a source said the feud has been stoked by social media threats and resulted in a string of several retaliatory shootings dating back to August.
Stokes “knows what this is about. He’s not cooperating,” a source said.
Stokes, however, told DNAinfo there is no reason why his son would be shot in retaliation for any gang shooting. He said those recent shootings did not involve him and that, if someone did want to harm him, it would be easy enough to do.
“That don’t got nothing to do with me,” Stokes said. “It definitely don’t got nothing to do with my son. He’s 9. He ain’t 18.”
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed investigators have “people of interest” identified and made considerable progress building a case in the last 72 hours that they are optimistic will lead to homicide charges.
The main thing standing in the way of arresting Tyshawn’s killer remains the no-snitch code of silence on the street.
Right, and you wouldn’t want to violate that no-snitch code, even if your kid did get killed.