In Chicago, Derrion Albert, a 16 year old honor roll student, was attacked by four teenagers and beaten to death recently. If I hear one more person say that this kid, who was innocent, was in the "wrong place at the wrong time" I'm going to scream. That's almost implying that it was his fault that these idiots killed him. To date three of the young killers are in custody. A fourth teenager is due in court after being charged in the fatal beating of Albert, who was described by his family as a "great kid" who loved school. Eighteen year old Eugene Bailey is one of four people charged with first-degree murder in Albert's death. Bailey was due in bond court on Tuesday and the other three teenagers were ordered to be held without bond Monday. Cell phone footage shows a group of teens kicking and striking Albert with splintered railroad ties after the sophomore left school on Thursday.
Albert's aunt, Rose Braxton, told "The Early Show" (CBS) on Tuesday that her nephew had an "easy-going temperament." Albert's grandfather, Joseph Walker, added that he doesn't plan to watch the video of the attack because he wasn't there to protect his grandson. I can certainly relate to that... I couldn't bare watching anything like that myself. The graphic video of the afternoon melee emerged on local news stations over the weekend, showing the fatal beating of Albert. His death was the latest addition to a rising toll: More than 30 students were killed during the last school year and the city could exceed that number this year. Authorities said that Albert was walking to a bus stop when he got caught up in the mob-street fighting.
The violence stemmed from a shooting early on Thursday morning, involving two groups of students from different neighborhoods, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County prosecutor's office. When school ended, members of the groups began fighting near the Agape Community Center. Captured in part on a bystander's cell phone video, Albert was struck on the head by one of several young men wielding wooden planks during the attack. After he fell to the ground and it appeared that he tried to get up, he was struck again and then kicked. Simonton said Albert was a bystander and not part of either group.
The Rev. Victor Grandberry told NBC Chicago that Albert "was just a nice young man that grew up in the community. Folks just tried to bullie him, tried to rob him, and tried to do everything they could." A camera attached to the Agape Community Center also captured at least part of the attack, the center's executive director, Milton Massie, told NBC Chicago. I heard that one of the killers jumped on his head, after he was already down and disabled. I'll spare you anymore gory and graphic details.
I just want to know where does this kind of pathology come from? What are the parents of these kids like? Do you want to bet that a father is missing in the homes of at least three of these four boys accused of this murder? Do you want to bet that at least two of them has a half-brother or sister from a guy who is not married to his mother, who probably treats him with disdain or is totally oblivious to him?
I'm betting that this lack of love, human compassion, and guidance at home is the reason many a young man is sitting behind bars in the nation's swelling prisons today. Before some of you accuse me of airing dirty laundry, let me say that not once did I mention race. These boys could just as easily be White, Hispanic, or Asian. This is an American problem... our children. They are not being cared for, they are not being guided, and they are not being loved. They are just being tolerated and they are coming out on the streets, angry, malnourished, and without compassion. That's what created the sociopaths that were capable of doing what they did to another human being!
Where is the love?
So, I wonder... is this the world that both of my grandchildren are going to be walking into? Is this what they might potentially become? Not while I still have a few good breaths left in me...