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October 3rd, 2009
09:32 PM ET

Chicago Teen Laid to Rest

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield takes a look at what's going on in Chicago
in light of the beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. john

    if u want to end the violence in Chicago stop the drugs, then fix the public schools.

    October 3, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  2. D Wallace

    Don & Fredricka,

    I just want to congratulate the two of you for tackling the issues in Chicago and other issues that are affecting minorities and youth in communities. The in depth reporting is remarkable, you bring out the best in your investigations and journalism.

    I agree with the gentlemen on Don's show where is the outrage from the leaders- parents, Doctors,Lawyers, Ministers, all civic leaders. We need to save our youth they are our future.


    October 3, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  3. D Wallace

    Don & Fredricka,

    I just want to congratulate the two of you for tackling the issues in Chicago and other issues that are affecting minorities and youth in communities. The in depth reporting is remarkable, you bring out the best in your investigations and journalism.



    October 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Arthur

    Now that killings of school children and other youth in Chicago have gained international attention, I find it interesting that the primarily focus appears to be on family and community, but not law enforcement, which as I understand is an intregal part of each community, city wide. Each community has simulatiries and its uniqueness based on cultural diversity. However, every community deserves a safe environment where people are secure. Could It be that law enforcement would have more success in helping to prevent crimes, if they increased their presence in more comprehensive ways in the community, especially around schools and other public facilities where more high risk behavior including violence and murders appear more frequently. I believe that inorder to have a safer enviroment, the family, community and law enforcement each should give constructive critical assessment of themselves; inorder to explore, develop and emplement resolution to this serious problem. A comprehensive task force should be developed that would assist each of the three enterities to explore, develop and advise resolution to the problem. Each task force should be comprehensive, and include members with expertise from each of the biopsychosocial disciplines, as well as people with indepth life experiences. Concurrently, a municiple oversight committee could be developed to monitor progress.

    Food for thought.

    October 4, 2009 at 1:05 am |
  5. alex lyrics

    I feel so bad for the mom, she cryed and cryed.

    We have got to protect these kids, this should not be our katrina.

    This is happening in every city.

    We deregulated everything, TV, Radio, Music, guns, schools.

    We took control off of everything that mattered and left things to private sectors, and look.

    We let coporate america ruin our schools, our homes, our TV, and our lives.

    Our children are fatherless, and joining gangs, to get bling, cars, and stuff.

    Just stuff, gold teeth, cell phones, i-pods, 20 inch rims. We have become a nation of stuff, consumer crap.

    These kids are wanting these things, and looking for a away out of poverty.

    All they see at home is an empty fridge, and a mother workin herself o death.

    These inner city kids turn their t-shirts inside out and wear tem like this when they are dirty.

    What hav we done to our country, when our kids want things that we cannot afford to purchase for them??????

    What have we done to our business morals, when our kids favorite basketball, or football figure sells shoes that cost $199 per pair.

    How on earth can these parrents keep up with that????????/
    they cannot, however they try, until they are up to their necks in debt and in jobs.

    We must fix our society, or their will be nothing left, our children are our future.

    We are losing the battle. The war is on our nations survival.

    October 4, 2009 at 2:12 am |
  6. Another Mother

    Hello Don – this evening you interviewed two guests to discuss the street violence in Chicago with particular regard to Derrion Albert, but failed to ask the hard question. These two former gang members and former prison inmates shared with you how they turned their lives around and now speak with incarcerated youth about their experiences in the life of violence. One of the guests said he grew up on the streets as a gang member where Derrion was murdered. He added that he "loved" those guys (speaking of his former gang affiliated family) and he is currently trying to reach out to those members. You asked both, "Do they feel there is a code of silence problem?"... or something similar. Both emphatically denied the problem. One followed his opinion up by stating, "He has never SNITCHED on anyone while in prison!" With that said, the message is crystal clear – Keep Quite Or Else!!! Of course, you and I, and the rest of the country does not believe that. Given the history and connection of these two guest to the neighborhoods where Derrion was so brutally beaten and murdered, I would have asked each of them, "Do YOU know who was involved in the murdered of Darrion Albert?" Or, "If YOU knew who murdered Darrion Albert would you come forward with the information?" Why or why not.

    On a side note – I didn't realize that convicted felons were allowed to "mentor" children.

    October 4, 2009 at 2:34 am |
  7. Brian- Detroit, MI

    Where is Jesse Jackson? Where is Farakahn? I guess they only get involved when there might be a white person to blame.

    October 4, 2009 at 4:57 am |
  8. Brian- Detroit, MI

    Where is the outrage? Or is this just normal behavior for black teens nowadays.

    October 4, 2009 at 5:07 am |
  9. Brian- Detroit, MI

    Is Farakahn even alive anymore?

    October 4, 2009 at 5:09 am |
  10. Another Mother

    My heart goes out to the mother and sister of Darrion, who are not only dealing with the loss of their beloved family member, but who are now living in extreme fear of walking out the front door and being a part of society. And truth be told, who would want to be a part of the out-of-control, self-fulfilling, hatefull society in which they are forced live in?

    I wish Darrion's mom and sister were able to move to a new home in a safe, non-violent neighborhood, with a great school and friends and community that care enough to support them through their loss. But where on earth is such a place?

    Mr. Lemon, I would like to add, my husband and I both like your style of interviewing and investigative journalism.

    October 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  11. john

    This is not a new peak in violence in Chicago stuff like this happens a lot. it’s a rite of passage coming up in south or west side Chicago public schools to see others getting jumped on or be jumped on yourself.. Most viewers who watch this are saddened by his death. The thing that ticks me off is that if he had just been beaten to the brink of death and spent a week or two in the hospital no one would have even cared. Truthfully this incident only got this much exposure because Chicago had an Olympic bid. Give it three more days and no one will care about what happened to him. Like my friend said when he heard about the story “I don’t see the big deal all of a sudden people get jumped on everyday" lol at you society for acting like you really care.

    October 4, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  12. John

    These children & teens you showcase in the news are no longer taught what's wrong or right by their parents.  Someone who is taught properly to value & respect life, and be considerate of their fellow man – even in a self-defense situation, would hesitate to pick up a gun and fire at their attacker. However, one who has no respect for another human life because they haven't been taught this by the parents...will shoot and kill someone on a dare.

    The incontestable origin is the rapidly increasing, already overflowing population of irresponsible parents.  Their numbers are growing exponentially, and they are entirely unready and unwilling to fulfill their obligation to teach their children the difference between right and wrong, and to always choose the right path. But there are no positive role models; parents only offer bad examples.

    Fr. Pfleger and other members of the clergy might consider spending less time on TV and more time at their jobs, teaching parents in their communities to raise their children as respectful humans.  Parents are failing, and clergy, first and foremost, should be stepping up to the plate.

    October 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm |