$10,000 Reward Offered For Solving 13-Year-Old Boy’s Murder

CHICAGO (CBS) — A $10,000 reward is now being offered in hopes of finding the gunman who shot and killed Darius Brown, 13, as he played basketball earlier this week.

Darius was cut down by a stray bullet during a game of pickup basketball at Metcalfe Park, at 42nd and State streets, around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Sabina Church is offering $5,000 for information leading to the killer, along with $1,000 each from Crime Stoppers, the group No Guns No Violence, Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) and two unidentified concerned citizens.

St. Sabina pastor the Rev. Michael Pfleger spoke out on Thursday about the murder and the epidemic of youth violence.

“I am so sick and tired of hearing people afraid to come forward and talk, because they’re afraid of what the shooter may do,” he said. “It’s time to make the shooter afraid of the community. It’s time to make the shooter understand you can’t do this in this neighborhood. I am not one that believes in prisons, but if you shoot, and if you kill our children, you’ve got to go to jail. You cannot shoot and kill, and go back home, sit up and watch TV and eat McDonald’s.”

Police have released a surveillance photo of a late-model white sedan heading south on State Street, and Wentworth Area Violent Crimes Sgt. Shawn McGavock said several people have told detectives that they believe the shots were fired from that car.

white car $10,000 Reward Offered For Solving 13 Year Old Boys Murder

Chicago police released this image of a light-colored car that may be linked to Wednesday's fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy. (Chicago Police Dept.)

There may have been two people in the car, believed to be a 2007 model or later, and either a compact or mid-size car.

McGavock said his detectives still believe that Darius was not the intended target. He also said he does not believe this shooting was related to another recently at 43rd and State, in which someone shot a man as he smoked a cigarette.

The victim’s mother, Stephanie Brown, attended a vigil in her son’s honor at the park on Thursday night.

“We’ve got to stop this violence amongst our young. We’re going to have a whole generation of young men that’s just wiped out,” Brown said.

  • wk

    I have a 14 year old son and we live on the south side of Chicago. He keeps active in sports but I do not let him go walking about the neighborhood , or parks because of what other young male blacks may do to him. He stays active in sports but I chauffer him to where he needs to go as oppposed to him riding the bus or train. The problem in the Black community is their arent enough men active in their childrens lives. Also the rap music has fast become a replacement parent and is mentoring the youth to be ruthless and cruel,disrepecting to one another. In rap music videos there is a constant display of young men sagging their pants and showing their underwear as some sort of crowning glory. They cant even walk down the street without constantly stopping to pull up their pants. There arent any strong black leaders anymore like Dr. Martin Luther King. Jesse Jackson is to busy with his beer distribution to take on a real leadership role. To the family – I am sorry for your loss.

  • malcom

    oh hum, yaaaawn how boring, again another stop the violence campeign.
    you people keep voting for the same people over and over, The same democrats and liberals who promise you utopia. and nothing changes. over 10, 000 people have been murdered under Daley’s time as mayor, And thousands more wounded. Yet NO ONE in the media ever called him on his policies. Again , with the new mayor you will see the death toll rise again. so pl;ease excuse me , all though I am very sorry for a child’s life taken , I feel little pity for the citizens who refuse to hold the mayor and the community accountible.

  • Taxpayer 2

    My condolence goes out to the family as well. The leadership starts at home. This is not rocket science. It ‘s not hard to do. Generation after generation for the last three generations these senseless murders have been going on.

    Young single moms are having these children and truly does not have a clue about rising up kids. The kids doesn’t even have not father in their lives. Shame on any people that behave like this. Other animals do better jobs in rising their young the correct way.

    Poor kids doesn’t know better. Kids grows up in a lot of negativity in their community. No love whatsoever. Heard Warren Valentine say, that all this is by design by the rich people to keep any poor person under control. Sounds foolish, but it might be some truth to that, simply because our laws needs editing.

    We all know that this start at home. Government takes care of young mom, because she has a child out of wed lock. She lies all the time. First mistake. Remember sin equals curse. Mom doesn’t even know how to be a mom, because she is a child herself. Father splits up, because he has no education too, in jail or dead somewhere.

    We all know that the problem is a spiritual one first.God has given each human a brain. It.s how you choose to use your brain. One side of a brain does not stop growing until we are 25 years of age. Satin has a lot of your time to put the wrong thoughts into your mind. By 25 years old you are satin child. The mind has been programmed with the wrong thoughts. So we are blaming people now for our mistake.

    Remember life and death is in the power of the tongue. We have tame almost everything but we can not tame our own tongue. But these kids continue to listen to satin music. Brain not fully develop, guess who satin is going to attack first? Your child and at a early age. So the spirit has been stirring with all the devil schemes or evil spirits.

    Starts at home. Come to Jesus. Do things God’s way. Read your bible daily. Get marry if you desire a child and or children (no curse). Remember when you do not give the devil a foothold he will flee. Rise you child the correct way. Love is key. Get an education. Don’t listen to the devil. Get an education! Go to a good church, so you can grow in the Lord.

    Don’t listen to evil music, because you will sow what you reap. In this case you are reaping death which equals curse. People who wears their pants down truly doesn’t love themselves.Probably full of demons and they even don’t realize it, because demons are invisible spirits. So is this all by design to keep a person depress and confuse full of evil thoughts?

    Yes, the devil is no respect of persons. If you dumb enough to fall for his lies and traps, then you keep reaping what you have sown. Kids are caught up in the middle of your nightmare. And before long, this kid is also participating in this nightmare too. But angrier, because no one had the sense to teach the child the correct way.

    This is not rocket science. This isn’t hard to do. First, come to Jesus. Say this prayer from your heart out loud. “Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive me of my sins. Wash me and cleanse me. Set me free. Jesus thank You that You died for me. I believe that you are risen from the dead and that You are coming back again for me. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. Give me a passion for the lost, a hunger for the things of God and a holy boldness to lead others to Jesus Christ. I’m saved; I’m born again: I’m forgiven, and I’m on my way to Heaven. I thank you in the name of Jesus. Amen”

    Satin will make you doubt; but he is the father of all lies. Be baptized and get into a Bible believing church.

  • Not a Fan of the Black

    Hey Rev. Michael Pfleger, you are doing a wonderful job keeping your “prized tribe” in check!!!! You should be very proud of your stellar record of aiding and abetting the enemy of civilized society!!

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