Chicago man charged with Valentine’s Day murder of uncle and his 2-year-old nephew caught on Facebook Live
Authorities are charging a 26-year-old man with the murder of a 2-year-old and the boy’s uncle in Chicago, a shocking incident that was broadcast as it happened via Facebook Live.
Lazaric Collins, 26, was driving through the North Lawndale neighborhood on Valentine’s Day with his pregnant girlfriend and nephew, Lavontay White, when their car was struck by gunfire, the Chicago Tribune reports.
As she sang along to some music, Collins’ girlfriend was streaming their ride together on Facebook Live before Devon Swan allegedly shot at the vehicle, killing Lavontay and Collins while also wounding the unnamed woman.
She escaped the besieged car with her phone and ran to a nearby home for help, crying out that she had “a bullet in my stomach.” Shooting that killed Chicago toddler captured on Facebook Live
Both, the 2-year toddler Avontay White and Collins were shot in the head. Forensics show the bullet entered the base of skull from the rear and exited on his cheek. It is unclear what, appears a targeted assassination of the toddler, are the motives to kill the innocent toddler.
Most recently, he was released on parole in April 2016 while serving time for drug possession and violating electronic monitoring.
Collins’ girlfriend, who is four months into her pregnancy, is in fair condition. Her unborn child also reportedly survived the attack despite the mother’s gunshot wound to the abdomen. Swan faces first-degree murder charges while authorities believe there will be additional arrests in the Tuesday afternoon attack.
Since Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on March 9, 2011 to abolish the death penalty in Illinois and commuted the death sentences to life imprisonment, it is to be argued if the death penalty should be reimposed. Quinn, a Democrat, does not think it will work. Capital punishment is a political divisive policy but increasingly many in the community demand stricter law enforcement actions to stem the rising death toll.
However, recent statistics show a steady and horrific increases in homicides in the windy city. Chicago suffered a 63% increase of its homicide rate since 2012.
With the latest shooting taking the life of the 2-year old toddler and his uncle, questions are raised if a more pre-emptive/preventive type of law enforcement is called upon. Gang suppressive
“The fact of the matter is these repeat gun offenders have to get the message that we won’t stand for it,” Johnson said. “Our elected officials, our state legislators have to get the message we won’t stand for it.”
Lavontay was one of three children fatally shot within a three-day period earlier this week. Takiya Holmes, 11, and Kanari Gentry-Bowers, 12, were both shot in the head within an hour of each other Feb. 11 in separate incidents on the South Side.
Takiya, a relative of anti-violence activist and crisis responder Andrew Holmes, died Feb. 14. Antwan C. Jones, 19, has been charged with her murder. After his arrest, he was beaten by a fellow inmate in the Cook County Jail. The beating was captured on video by the Cook County sheriff’s office.
A former Marine Officer, now working for a Chicago based security contractor, said: “In all my life of living in dangerous places, like Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Peru, Lebanon, I never thought coming home is more dangerous than living abroad surviving wars, overthrows of governments and terror attacks.” A sentiment shared by many.
Experts disagree about the law enforcement approach to quell Chicago’s violence. A visiting counter-terror expert quipped sarcastically, “The political narrative allows violence and crime and sees the solution with its pink tinted glasses of liberal reformist policies has failed.”
He added, “New York is a good example on a clear hard, and sometimes unapologetic and uncomfortable step to take a political stance, aggressive counter-action policing and eliminating the leadership of these gangs will protect communities. It requires essentially a counter-insurgency mindset but law enforcement action”.
Liberal politician argue against these moves. “It is unfortunately a reality of today and unless the establishment does not recognize the threat the criminal gangs pose to the economy, society and communities, talk these gangs out of crime will only seldom work. Usually after the leadership recognizes the federal government steps up its efforts “.
“A deputization of security forces to a temporary federal status will strengthen the punishment for offenders.”, the academic argued. This will send a clear message to the gangs, enhance the enforcement capability and support the Chicago’s efforts to fight criminal gangs.
A view shared by President Trump. Contacts close to the president said that ‘the president is aware of the situation in Chicago and the White House is concerned about the incapability of the political leadership to take a firm stance’.
It is a question how long before the Federal government agencies are ordered to step up their efforts. Many in the communities are welcoming the president’s call for action.
Source: Chicago Sun By Sam Charles/The Frankliner By Elizabeth Regina