Chicago police believe that they have arrested the man who they believe executed a 9-year-old boy, Tyshawn Lee. Police believe that Corey Morgan, 27, lured Tyshawn into an alley in retaliation for the murder of his brother. Police have been struggling to solve the case due to what they say has been a refusal of Tyshawn’s father (reportedly also a gang member) to cooperate with police. Police believed that Pierre Stokes had critical information on the murderers of his son but refused to share it.
Not since Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll killed a child in 1930 in a botched assassination against the Dutch Schultz gang has the public expressed such collective disgust and shock over gang activities.
Police say that men approached Tyshawn as he played basketball with friends on a playground and led him to an alley. The autopsy revealed two perforating gunshot wounds from a .40-caliber weapon to the head and right upper back — and that part of his right thumb was lost as a defensive wound trying to block a gunshot. Prosecutors said that “Tyshawn’s death is the result of a gang war” that “came to a boil” after Morgan’s brother, Tracy, was shot and killed in a car with their mother on October 13: “Shortly after the shooting, [Morgan] stated that since his brother was killed and his mama shot, he was going to kill grandmas, mamas, kids and all . . . After that day, [Morgan] and two others went out daily armed with guns, looking to retaliate.” Police say that three men participated in the set up and one even picked up Tyshawn’s basketball. Morgan and one of the men drove off at one point while the third man stayed in the park. The SUV reappeared when Tyshawn was lured into the alley.
Police are also seeking Kevin Edwards as a participant in the horrific murder. Morgan was arrested on a weapons charge in nearby Oak Lawn after police found him and another man with loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic handguns. Those weapons are being tested while Morgan and co-defendant Dwight Boone-Doty were given $1 million bail for the gun charges. Notably, Morgan does not seem short of cash. He was released after posting his $100,000 bond but was then questioned about Tyshawn’s murder. He has been denied bond on the murder charge.
If police are right, Morgan and his companions reflect precisely how soulless and craven these criminals can be. Only a person devoid of any humanity could commit such a premeditated murder. As for Tyshawn’s father (right), there are no words to describe depravity shown by Stokes who is accused of first putting his son at risk by his gang activities and then refusing to share information as the police struggled to find the murderers of his son.