Chicago - For the second time in a week, an innocent child, Lavontay White, has been murdered by gunfire in the city of Chicago.
On Tuesday, February 14, Lazarec and his pregnant girlfriend were traveling with her nephew Lavontay White down the 2300 block of South Kenneth around 1:30 PM
As the aunt begun a Facebook Live stream of the two adults singing along to rap music in the car, bullets fill the air as they turned into an alley. The aunt exited the car screaming, phone in hand, which captured the sound of over a dozen shots on camera. Her little nephew and boyfriend were both shot in the head.
As she ran, she found cover in a nearby home, screaming for help. The last seconds of the video turn black as the phone is dropped but audio continued to be captured.The wounded aunt can be hear saying, "I can’t go to the hospital. They’ll send me to jail,” to people inside the house.
Police were called and they rushed to save both Lavontay and Lazarec. Lavontay was pulled from the vehicle and revived briefly before dying from his injuries. Both Lavontay and Lazarec were transported to Stroger Hospital. The aunt and her unborn child were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and were listed in fair condition.
Community leaders and local churches have banned together, urging anyone who knows something to come forward. According to law enforcement, a car carrying three individuals pulled up next to the maroon vehicle that the trio were traveling in, when one man hopped out and fired in to the vehicle. Lazarec was a documented gang member, and the bullets were likely intended for him.
Community leaders and local churches have banded together, urging anyone who knows something to come forward. According to ABC 7 the local civil leaders have offered a $7500 reward in the case. "Our community has suffered greatly with this code of silence. We have to break it. Someone somewhere in that Lawndale area or possibly in the Englewood, Roseland, West Pullman, Austin area, someone knows what happened. Step up. Do the right. Call the police department," said Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago spokesperson Sean Howard.
From Tuesday to Thursday 11 people were shot in the city of Chicago and the death toll already stands at 72 murders for the year. Chicago remains on pace to have comparable homicide numbers as 2016. City leaders have continued to call for more gun control, a measure they say is needed to curb the violence.
However, Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson has said that the problem is that violent gun offenders aren't being held in prison. The violent gang members are given a slap on the wrist and then released back into the population to victimize more people.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the White family after such a tragic loss. The heroes of Chicago PD are on the case, and may justice come quick.
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