Thursday, October 1, 2009

Derrion Albert: His Death is Our Shame

Laina D. recently blogged at on the murder of Derrion Albert, which was caught on video and posted to YouTube . While I've reported on the escalating youth violence in Chicago before, I had not heard this latest horror.

Derrion, a good student, was swept into a street brawl after school, and was beaten to death. Four people have been arrested and the police seek three more Chicago teens, reports CNN.

Some people report this story as Derrion was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I echo the voice of Annette Nance, the mother of a teen who was murdered in 2007.
"Someone said he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. No, he wasn't. He was in the right place. He was coming from school. Let's stop saying these things." (Annette Nance speaking after her son was murdered in 2007)
And Derrion's mother has spoken as well. She said Derrion "loved school."

What is going on in our urban neighborhoods? Why can't we solve this problem?

1 comment:

underOvr (aka The U) said...


We live in a culture of violence; a breeding ground that incubates violent acts. Until the issue of conflict resolution and violence is addressed we will continue to see violent acts spawned.