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UPDATE On Fatally Beaten Chicago Teen Derrion Albert

Last week, 16 year old Chicago high schooler Derrion Albert was beaten to death by a dozen other teen boys that was shockingly caught on tape.  The story swept the net and the nation and people were heart broken and outraged at what's been happening in Chicago these past few years.  A severe escalation in teen violence and gang related deaths is making national news.  Now the White House has given an official statement about Derrion's death: "The reports and the video that we have seen on television is among the most shocking that you can ever see, the killing of an honor student ... who's beaten to death is -- is chilling, chilling video," [White House Correspondent] Gibbs said. Obama discussed the incident in the Oval Office with top advisors on Wednesday, Gibbs said, adding that some kind of policy announcement could be expected shortly. "This is something that the administration has been working on," Gibbs said. "This is not just a Chicago-specific problem. Obviously, youth crime and gang violence are something that this administration takes seriously." And First Lady Michelle Obama's take: The First Lady said in Copenhagen that one of the prime reasons she wanted Chicago to host the Games was to set an example for the city's youth. "We need all of our children to be exposed to the Olympic ideals that athletes from around the world represent," she said. "That's what excites me most about bringing the Games to Chicago -- the impact that it can have on the lives of our young people, and on our entire community."
Source: AFP
Derrion's family is asking the public for assistance in his burial and services.  Global Grind spoke with the family and here are the details on how to donate: Via Paypal (Send Money) email: derrionjalbert@yahoo.com Via Mail: Derrion Albert Memorial Fund 10126 S. Aberdeen Street Chicago, IL 60643 The story about Derrion's murder is here. His funeral services are this Saturday in Chicago.
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Miss Rosie's picture

Brian: I am not amazed that

Brian: I am not amazed that this young bother does not have any life insurance. I am not amazed that his mother and other family members are begging for assistance to help pay for his funeral. I am embarrassed! I am willing to bet he had a cell phone. I am willing to bet his mother has a cell phone. I am willing to bet that he has a pair of $100 sneakers. But yet, this black family did not invest in his death e.g. life insurance. I am pretending to be white now:‘Look at them. This boy was killed by his own. Beat like they kill pigs (either a shot to the head or a hit in the head with a 2×4). Look at them. Begging for money to put the ni**er in the ground. Blacks are pathetic. Kill their own - and then need help laying their own to rest. What about the money spent on chains, rums, and gold fronts.’ Do u have a heart inside that evil chest of yours? sadly some people cannot afford health insurance yet alone life insurance & I'm pretty sure that never in a million yrs. would the family had expected something like this to happen to their HONOR ROLL student.. grow a heart!!
cj's picture

R.I.P Derrion Albert even

R.I.P Derrion Albert even thow i dont know him or his family i am so sad about what happened to him cause i have seen how boys are in these city streets its hard out here for a young male even a older male cause now a days these boys dont care about nothing they act like they dont have feelings and thats crazy those the people who belong in jail the people who did that to that boy i was literally in tears when i watched that video cause after they seen that he wasnt moving they should have stoped but they didnt they kept going they wanted to kill that boy i am so sorry for your lose.
Grown N Sexy's picture

Too bad the rest of the

Too bad the rest of the world/media is basically filing this under black on black crime. When are we as a people gonna get it. This is exactly what white people expect out of us anymore. crime.
Demeter's picture

shuga: teens can use

shuga: teens can use athletics as an outlet for their energy instead of getting into gangs. a lot of children have entirely too much free time on their hands and an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. the more positive outlets that children have the less gangs there are the less likely your kid will be to get beat and killed.u really couldnt figure that out? seriously? Thank you for your insight, and Yes I understand the concept and I agree, that yes athletics gives kids things to do, and help keep them out of trouble, However these KIDS will NOT BE in the OLympics or allowed to participate! So again, How does this help? I would think if she said, they will be sending money to the area or schools to help with sports programs, then yes that may help! And remember the young men that are charged in the crime, are NOT in High School, they are 18 and 19 yrs old, and DIDNT even go to the school this young man went to! REMEMBER he was on his way home! And my son is active in football and basketball, however you have still NOT pointed out to me how these will protect him from other kids who chose to partake in violence! To them this is a sport! Sports is NOT the answer to the REAL ISSUE at hand. If the kids choose not to join sports, then what? When the Olympics came to ATL, did it help anyone in the HOOD? Yes it provided jobs for a few weeks, then when the games left what happen? Did teen violence decrease, OH its still at a ALL TIME HIGH>>>>> Footballs and Basketballs are not the answer! How about mentoring programs, and education! How about active community leaders address the youth? But throwing a ball around after school from 3-6 and gonna solve Sh*t... Bottom line....So my question is right back at you? Do YOU NOT understand THAT? Seriously?
LeeLee's picture

I am not amazed that this

I am not amazed that this young bother does not have any life insurance. I am not amazed that his mother and other family members are begging for assistance to help pay for his funeral. I am embarrassed! I am willing to bet he had a cell phone. I am willing to bet his mother has a cell phone. I am willing to bet that he has a pair of $100 sneakers. But yet, this black family did not invest in his death e.g. life insurance. I am pretending to be white now: 'Look at them. This boy was killed by his own. Beat like they kill pigs (either a shot to the head or a hit in the head with a 2x4). Look at them. Begging for money to put the ni**er in the ground. Blacks are pathetic. Kill their own - and then need help laying their own to rest. What about the money spent on chains, rums, and gold fronts.'
Brian's picture

msbliss: I applaud them for

msbliss: I applaud them for taking the step forward. Its easy 2 say what will or won’t make a difference But what step are U taking 2 improve the world??One thing I Know will help All of us is 2 stop just bringin kids into this world just for the sake of unprotected sex. Yes children are a blessing But they are also a life long commitment that requires a lot of time,energy,& devotion. That’s why at 22 yrs old I have made a pledge 2 Not have any until I’m where I need 2 be mentally & physically because its tough raising kids havin that in place But when u don’t & have no choice 2 raise them in insecure environments The results are gangs,crime,drugs,high rates of teen pregnancy,prostitutes,alcoholism,etc. It starts with Us .let’s all take a stand 2 get ourselves right & improve Our areas. people in the ghetto projects complain about the homes But U live there,U fix it as a commitunity!!!! We live in these neighborhoods Its our responsibility. Now is the moment & it only takes a few 2 start real change I agree with you & hon I'm 36yrd & no children/When all my friends was having kids they all ways ask me when? I use to say I'm not mentally ready to handle all of that/Now fastfoward to present the same friends who had children at young age meaning like 18yrs old the shit they call me with cause they sweet young children are now Foul mouth preteen But it's hard out there for this kids who just want to do right then you have all these other angry kids i don't know but all we can do is pray!!
TRUTHHURTS's picture

Thanks Natasha for

Thanks Natasha for highligting this story...I am from Chicago and I and many others that I know are appauled by this incident. People were so upset that took to facebook and organized a panel discussion so that we can get together to talk about the issues and come up with some solutions. Enough is enough and it's time that those of us living in these communities make changes we cannot wait on others to do what we can do for ourselves!
Aishia SoGlamourous's picture

I live in the DMV, and I

I live in the DMV, and I worry about my teenage son everytime he leaves the house because he was jumped before,and it hurt me to my heart. Luckily he just had a black eye.I'm so glad he is still a mama's boy and still like to hang out with me, atleast I know where he is and what he is doing. My heart truly goes out to Derrion's family, hearing what happend and seeing the video brought tears to me eyes. Parents we have to get better with raising our kids, and tagging that a$$ when needed. BLACK YOUTH YOU HAVE GOT TO DO BETTER!!!!!
TR's picture

LeeLee: I know Michelle’s

LeeLee: I know Michelle’s heart is in the right place, but what the HELL does bringing the Olypics to Chicago have to do with teen violence???? Please tell me?“We need all of our children to be exposed to the Olympic ideals that athletes from around the world represent,” she said.UM…..Are they giving out free tickets to all the youth in the city? And this is going to ADDRESS the REAL issues facing our youth ????PLEASE SOMEBODY TELL ME, How my 15 year old will be safe after watching the Olympics in Chicago, on his way home? MY PRAYERS OUR WITH THE FAMILY, MAY GOD, LIFT YOUR BURDENS AND RESTORE YOUR JOY. teens can use athletics as an outlet for their energy instead of getting into gangs. a lot of children have entirely too much free time on their hands and an idle mind is the devil's workshop. the more positive outlets that children have the less gangs there are the less likely your kid will be to get beat and killed. u really couldnt figure that out? seriously?
shuga's picture

msbliss: Danette,where u

msbliss: Danette,where u from.I’m from meridian. I am from Indianola...it is between Greenville and Greenwood.
danette's picture

I applaud them for taking the

I applaud them for taking the step forward. Its easy 2 say what will or won't make a difference But what step are U taking 2 improve the world??One thing I Know will help All of us is 2 stop just bringin kids into this world just for the sake of unprotected sex. Yes children are a blessing But they are also a life long commitment that requires a lot of time,energy,& devotion. That's why at 22 yrs old I have made a pledge 2 Not have any until I'm where I need 2 be mentally & physically because its tough raising kids havin that in place But when u don't & have no choice 2 raise them in insecure environments The results are gangs,crime,drugs,high rates of teen pregnancy,prostitutes,alcoholism,etc. It starts with Us .let's all take a stand 2 get ourselves right & improve Our areas. people in the ghetto projects complain about the homes But U live there,U fix it as a commitunity!!!! We live in these neighborhoods Its our responsibility. Now is the moment & it only takes a few 2 start real change
msbliss's picture

It's just really unfair,

It's just really unfair, Derrion was just a teenager getting an education, and for something like this to happen to him, IT'S JUST FUCKED UP!!!!!! Michell's qoute, I mean, it sounds nice. But that's not gonna really address whats going on in america and in the youth.
danitykane4ever's picture

Rest in peace, Derrion. We

Rest in peace, Derrion. We love you, and you will not be forgotten.
creolecreation's picture

I am from Chicago and this

I am from Chicago and this sort of violence and the t shirts with the dead boy's picture are "normal" to some. They enjoy getting in fights, gossiping about fights, talking about who died and then getting tshirts decorated with some dead guy's picture. There is NOTHING that the government can do to save these people from themselves. Bring the Olympics to Chicago. The rest of us shouldnt put our life on hold for people who are living exactly the way they want to live.
Tina's picture

You know it's sooo sad when

You know it's sooo sad when you have to wish you could keep your children from the rest of the world. It's not just the violence, it's the sexuality, everything!! It makes me sick because we can point fingers at the government officals all day, but when it comes down to it, it's the parent(s). Cowardly fathers rather be rollingstones than to teach boys to be a REAL man. And poor mothers are "too afraid"? Now maybe I'm a young old fashion lady, but I wish my son would do something where I gotta even think I'm afraid? Hummp, that's THE last time he will say a word to me. I'll clop him so fast he'll think I've lost my mind! I understand people have to "work", but on a day you have off spend some time with your children,but also enstill fear within them. The Bible says," spare the rod, spoil the child" now that don't mean go knocking them all the time, but if all else fail get a pipe, ext. cord(lol), switch( nowadays a branch, heehee) and go to town on their behinds til YOU feel it. But the WORLD today needs love and affection, and elders need to use the wisdom God blessed them with, if not who will? These "GANSTA RAPPERS"?? I hate what the USA has become. I'm SURE this is not what Malcom X, Rev. Martin Luther King, JR, Harriet Tubman, (need I go on), all OUR(BLACK)forefathers (and mothers) fought for?!!! UGGGGGGH!! I think I want to raise my son in Canada!
Saddened's picture

LeeLee: I know Michelle’s

LeeLee: I know Michelle’s heart is in the right place, but what the HELL does bringing the Olypics to Chicago have to do with teen violence???? Please tell me?“We need all of our children to be exposed to the Olympic ideals that athletes from around the world represent,” she said.UM…..Are they giving out free tickets to all the youth in the city? And this is going to ADDRESS the REAL issues facing our youth ????PLEASE SOMEBODY TELL ME, How my 15 year old will be safe after watching the Olympics in Chicago, on his way home? MY PRAYERS OUR WITH THE FAMILY, MAY GOD, LIFT YOUR BURDENS AND RESTORE YOUR JOY. You took the thoughts out of my head! My heart hurts for this family and others who have had to go through this. The youth of Chicago won't even be allowed anywhere near the Olympics! Are you serious? I'd like to know how the past Olympics assisted with the change in the youth in Atlanta, Salt Lake, LA?? I'm sorry Mrs. First Lady..i love you and all but we will agree to disagree on this one!
vanity1's picture

[Miss Smiley] I dont think we

[Miss Smiley] I dont think we should blame these parents because we DONT know how they raised these boys for all we know they could be great mothers to these boys and could have been telling them to stay out of trouble and gangs but when your in that type of neighborhood...I dont know maybe it just sucked them in the.....This whole situation is terribly sad and Im praying for his family and friends strength. May God wrap them in his arms.
hEhE..IM BAD's picture

I am going to pray for the

I am going to pray for the family, because I know that is a great loss. Also that is the most shocking thing I have ever heard! I hope the boys or whoever was invovled in this get what they deserve. This young man had alot comming for him especially being on the Honor Roll. I will pray for the family and whoever was affected by this tragedy.
finesse's picture

IM NOT THE ONE FOR RIOTING TO

IM NOT THE ONE FOR RIOTING TO PUT BLACK MEN IN JAIL (SORRY) BUT THESE PEASANTS THAT KILLED THAT YOUNG BOY NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH SORRY. HOW DO YOU STOMP A PERSONS HEAD OVER SCHOOL BEEF. R U SERIOUS. NO SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. BLACK PEOPLE WAKE THE F**K UP. THIS IS WHAT DEY WANT US TO DO KILL EACH OTHER. SHIT IS JUST DISGUSTING!!!! R.I.P DERRION ALBERT
MEEEE...da 1 ud want 2 meet...me's picture

LeeLee: I know Michelle’s

LeeLee: I know Michelle’s heart is in the right place, but what the HELL does bringing the Olypics to Chicago have to do with teen violence???? Please tell me?“We need all of our children to be exposed to the Olympic ideals that athletes from around the world represent,” she said.UM…..Are they giving out free tickets to all the youth in the city? And this is going to ADDRESS the REAL issues facing our youth ????PLEASE SOMEBODY TELL ME, How my 15 year old will be safe after watching the Olympics in Chicago, on his way home? MY PRAYERS OUR WITH THE FAMILY, MAY GOD, LIFT YOUR BURDENS AND RESTORE YOUR JOY. I feel you and I understand where Michelle is coming from. Bringing the Olympics to Chicago can bring forth jobs. Giving these kids something to do, even on a small scale, could hopely keep their minds occupied. BUT, the sad reality is, it does not matter whether you are in the urban, suburban, or rurial areas, there are always going to be kids who go around looking for trouble. It's not just a community issue. It's not a BLACK issue. It's a society issue. It just rare it's head in different ways.
byMJside's picture

Whoomp whoomp, Michelle,

Whoomp whoomp, Michelle, Barack, and everybody else. The Olympics will hurt the city (poor people) more than it will help. While the politicians and big wigs involved get theri pockets filled even more. They will building stadiums in Washington Park on the Southside--areas that need help--not an olypic stadium. The city in general needs to check its priorities, b/c its definitely not on education. All they've done is tear down the projects and push people out of the city, and rebuilt condos on top. Build new schools and let the black kids be in them for a few years until they are fully moved out of the project areas--and pretend they are doing it for the city kids when they are really for the new in-habitants of the condos. It's all a setup.
Dina's picture

I saw the video and it made

I saw the video and it made me so angry. How could you constantly hit and kick someone who is down on the floor bleeding in severe pain. Only animals would do something like that. You send your kids to school and they do well and then this is what happens!!! I hope those animals get the maximum punishment. Its time to get these pieces of shit off the streets so that people can stop living in fear!!!
Stacey's picture

This is a sad time for every

This is a sad time for every Chicagoan and American. I'm sooo hurt and disappointed in the youth of my city for doing this to this child....more importantly, disappointed in their PARENTS for allowing this to happen. It all starts in the home people. Please RAISE your children and do not just let them wander off into the streets. Love and care for them to prevent this from EVER happening again. Please pray for Chicago...
miss smiley's picture

I wish these rich black

I wish these rich black people would stay home and spend money getting the poor, high performing students out of these awful schools and communities, instead of spending money overseas all the time. Charity begins at home Your hometown home!
verne's picture

This is so sad, How do you

This is so sad, How do you beat another human being to death???? Black people have to do better!
Melessa's picture

Danette,where u from.I'm from

Danette,where u from.I'm from meridian.
msbliss's picture

People just don't care

People just don't care anymore. These kids have no respect for life. I hate what's going on in this world, but don't ever regret the joy my son has brought me...I am blessed everyday I look at his face. We as a people just really need to do better. Parents need to start caring about the life they bring into this world...and not be afraid to ask for help!
Chica's picture

Very sad but its common

Very sad but its common throughout the US. Say what u may,we do have a violent society & a lot of black youth is involved. All of these boys are victims 2be honest. What saddens me the most is WERE killing & wiping out one another. The only enemy is the one who dwells inside of you. I've said this many times, the "white man" is not afraid of the brotha on the corner selling drugs,gang bangin,& doin drive bys, he is afraid of the blackman that is educated & spreading real knowledge & not garbage 2 his people. that is the most threatening image 2 the racist/bigoted man But powerful thing a blackman has.
msbliss's picture

wow this is strong, i cant

wow this is strong, i cant believe this! my condolences go out to his fam. gang violence needs to stop NOW! :(
jazzybaby's picture

I am just gettin chills up my

I am just gettin chills up my all over my body from reading this. This is extremely sad i have a 2yr son and has of lately im regretting it because im sooo scared of this world and what he might have 2 go thru,in school,around the neighborhood(and i live in a place were most of the ppl here are white)im going too send him 2 private school cuz im so scared i wish i could just keep him in my house 4 the rest of his life and away from this crazy world.
annie's picture

I have two lil boys I am

I have two lil boys I am raising and I am so sad to see this happen, I live in MS,and my brother was shot in front of me and my sister. He was killed Nov 12, 2007. He was walking up the street, and a guy he knew and had an arguement with shot him as he turned to walk away from him...My heart is still broken I watched him take his last breaths as he lay in the street like a ran over dog....I am sad all over again watching as the black men and boys in our community kill eachother. I wish I could keep my two babies in a bubble so that no one could hurt them or take what God gave them and that's LIFE. I will pray for the young boys who commited this crime and the family that lost their loved one. LORD HELP US ALL.
danette's picture

I agree with LeeLee.. As if

I agree with LeeLee.. As if those teens will be able to even enter that stadium! Bullshit!
Dammie's picture

lanns: this story brought

lanns: this story brought tears to my eyes. How can human being behave like animals..it is so sad thing is... the human race is the only species that actually kills its own... we're not even behaving as animals, it's something else...
G's picture

senseless violence.... when

senseless violence.... when will it end?
michelle's picture

My prayers are with his

My prayers are with his family and this Nation...
NURSEJ's picture

Tealeaf: It’s very sad but

Tealeaf: It’s very sad but Iam glad it’s getting National attention Who is that in your gravi?
Hootyjames's picture

This still make s me really

This still make s me really sad. Poor baby =o( we have got to do better & stay prayed up people!
Ummm...'s picture

My heart aches for his

My heart aches for his family. It's very disturbing when I have to read about black on black crime. When will it end? Innocent people losing their lives. Instead of beating up someone who is a danger to society they rather kill someone who has the full potential to bring knowledge and growth to their community. And then Black folks wonder why they are looked down upon. This really has to stop. You don't gain a damn thing with violence but a criminal record or a death ticket. Get it together you violent black people.
Miss Jackie's picture

and i have a son and i really

and i have a son and i really cant imagine what the mama is going thru...this is sooo senseless....so brutal...
:))))'s picture

It's very sad but Iam glad

It's very sad but Iam glad it's getting National attention
Tealeaf's picture

I know Michelle's heart is in

I know Michelle's heart is in the right place, but what the HELL does bringing the Olypics to Chicago have to do with teen violence???? Please tell me? "We need all of our children to be exposed to the Olympic ideals that athletes from around the world represent,” she said. UM.....Are they giving out free tickets to all the youth in the city? And this is going to ADDRESS the REAL issues facing our youth ???? PLEASE SOMEBODY TELL ME, How my 15 year old will be safe after watching the Olympics in Chicago, on his way home? MY PRAYERS OUR WITH THE FAMILY, MAY GOD, LIFT YOUR BURDENS AND RESTORE YOUR JOY.
LeeLee's picture

Our Ancestors fought for

Our Ancestors fought for this? Wow so sad! That family is in my prayers.
Just keeping it Real......REAL DUMB's picture

this story brought tears to

this story brought tears to my eyes. How can human being behave like animals..it is so sad
lanns's picture

I hugged my 12-year-old son

I hugged my 12-year-old son extra tight and extra long after hearing that story. The whole thing is too sad for words.
Is It Friday Yet?'s picture

What is this world coming

What is this world coming to????
Barbie's picture

this is so sad. the family is

this is so sad. the family is in my prayers.
sam's picture

man, that"s just sad...i'm

man, that"s just sad...i'm 15, wich is reel close to his age bt...damn..the video was TERRIBLE, how could they do that to 'em?? it just hurts sooo much to see that. if you play it back, he begs them not to hitt him. i just saw it today && it made me cry so hard....R.I.P. Derrion, your God's angel now
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