A 15-year-old Chicago boy was reportedly shot and killed when he attempted to protect his twin brother during an armed robbery. The tragic killing has further shaken the violence-stricken city — one fed-up principal even floated the idea of “martial law” to gain control over the violence.
As twins Demario and Demacio Bailey walked to a school basketball game, four teenagers reportedly approached them and demanded their property.
“Get off my brother,” Demario reportedly yelled at one of the muggers who was going after his sibling. “He doesn’t have anything!”
One of the suspects then is said to have pulled out a gun and shot the 15-year-old boy in the chest. He died just three days before his 16th birthday.
Police later arrested 17-year-old Carlos Johnson and charged him as an adult with first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm and attempted robbery with a firearm. Two other teens were also reportedly charged with murder, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Dr. Garland Thomas-McDavid, the principal at Johnson College Prep, where the twins went to school, said in a statement to the Huffington Post that she’s more than tired of the violence that faces students every single day in the south side of Chicago.
“I believe I speak for every mother who lives on the south side of this city in saying we don’t mind if it takes martial law to get this in order,” she said. “Demario did not deserve to die three days from his sixteenth birthday.”
“Multiple children are being victimized daily, and I think we should use whatever means are necessary to stop this,” the principal added. “Why is it that there are communities in the city where children are safe every day all day, but on the south and west sides, we are comfortable allowing children to be killed in droves? Our children are worth saving and protecting and if it’s not a priority to the powers that be, then bring someone else in here who won’t make excuses. A life is a life. A child is a child.”
Courtesy of the Blaze