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A Fitting Memorial to Lonell Irvin

Posted on | December 22, 2019 | 2 Comments


Saturday would have been Lonell Irvin’s 23rd birthday. Unfortunately, Lonell wasn’t there to celebrate the occasion, because he was stupid.

In April, Lonell tried to carjack a guy’s BMW at gunpoint, but the driver had a concealed carry license, and that was the end for Lonell.

Despite his fatal stupidity, Lonell was beloved by his family in Chicago, so they had a memorial for him on Saturday, and it seems to have been attended by many similarly stupid people:

Chicago police are questioning a person of interest after 13 people were wounded, four of them critically, during a shooting inside a memorial gathering early Sunday in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said. . . .
The violence began at about 12:40 a.m. at a house party in the 5700 block of South May Street commemorating the birthday of a man who died in a previous shooting. Someone at the party opened fire, sending 13 people to area hospitals, according to Chicago police.
The injured ranged in age from 16 to 48, and a 16-year-old boy was one of those in critical condition though it was later improved to “serious,” said Fred Waller, who heads the patrol division for Chicago police.
Two people remained in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon, according to Officer Michelle Tannehill, a police spokeswoman: a 40-year-old man who’d been shot in the chest and was being treated at the University of Chicago Hospital, and a 21-year old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the back, who was at St. Bernard Hospital.
Two people initially were detained and questioned after the shooting, though only one of the two is thought to have fired shots, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation. No charges have been announced.
The party was in honor of Lonell Irvin, a 22-year-old man fatally shot near the intersection of State Street and Ida B. Wells Drive during an attempted carjacking April 26 in the Loop, according to multiple people at the scene. . . .
Waller said there was a dispute during the party and someone started shooting. Once people started running outside, video surveillance from a city police camera captured images of someone firing more shots outside the home.
A different person also was caught on surveillance video shooting at a vehicle, Waller said.
“From outside, definitely there was two different shooters,” Waller said. “It looked like they were just shooting randomly at people as they exited the party.”

Question for the reader: Has anyone ever started “shooting randomly” on your street after midnight? If you throw a party at your house and someone has a “dispute,” does this lead to gunfire? If you answered “no,” then you probably don’t live in Chicago, where such activity is routine.

So far this year, 449 people have been shot to death in Chicago, and more than 2,000 others were wounded by gunfire. So the good news is, more than 80% of Chicago shooting victims survive. About 45 people get shot in an average week in Chicago, but the murder rate is actually down significantly from 2016, when more than 700 people were killed.

A 29-year-old woman near the scene of this latest shooting told a reporter for the Chicago Tribune: “Your kids can’t grow up, you can’t do nothing. This is what our life is going to be about. . . . Y’all can try your best to stay out here and watch these streets all night, but no matter how they do it, it’s going to be multiple deaths, multiple shootings, innocent people getting shot. I cannot wait to leave Chicago.”

Hey, good luck with that. Hope you make it out alive.



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