On November 2, 2015 an innocent nine-year-old child, Tyshawn Lee, was lured from his home in the southside of Chicago and murdered by three gang members for the alleged actions of his father, Pierre Stokes.

On Friday, March 11, Pierre was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon for shooting three people in retaliation for his son’s death.

The 25-year-old was caught on camera and seen by four witnesses at the Shell Gas Station on S. Ashland Avenue, as he shot the girlfriend of Corey Morgan, one of the men charged with killing Tyshawn, and two other men. This shooting occurred at 5.45pm, just hours after chilling new information came to light in his son’s case. The three men allegedly plotted to kidnap and torture Tyshawn by cutting off his ears and fingers before killing him. Court documents, released by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, claim that Stokes shouted “I’m going to kill you b*tch” before shooting.

The bullet grazed the female victim’s face, but thankfully her injuries are non-life threatening. The two other male victims are also going to be fine, despite their wounds. There were three men charged with Tyshawn’s murder, Corey Morgan, Dwight-Boone Doty and Kevin Edwards, but Edwards is the only one who was not arrested for his death. The tragic incident resulted in Chicago gang founders coming together for crisis talks about the escalating violence in the area and attracted appeals from Jada Pinkett-Smith to stop the violence.

Chicago Police Department spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, stated that Stokes “suffered an unspeakable loss with the calculated execution of his son. Despite this, he continued to engage in the same gang activity that started this initial cycle of violence.” Pierre Stokes is currently being held without bond and is due to attend his next court hearing on April 4.

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