Chicago police say murdered 9-year-old was a target

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CHICAGO, IL - Sadly, gang wars are not rare. In Chicago, according to Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic Church, the violence has escalated to a new low. "This was not a drive by. This was not a spray of bullets. A baby was executed."

Police believe 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was a target, lured to an alley where he was executed.

Police believe this crime was retaliation for the gang related sins of his father.  A claim the boy`s 25-year-old dad, Pierre Stokes, emphatically denies. "That's a lot of he-say, she-say stuff. You can't put me in no gang 'cause I haven't did anything for a gang."

The 4th grader was walking to his grandma`s house after school on Monday. He never made it. Instead, the basketball loving innocent was shot multiple times in his back and his head. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has not seen anything this brutal in his 35 years on the force. Despite the father`s denial of any affiliation, McCarthy is not convinced.  "We believe that this is the most recent in a series of gang related violent events that may go back as far as August...may go back a little further than that"

A $35,000.00 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Meanwhile, the make shift memorial continues to grow in the alleyway where an innocent child was lost....forever.