Tuesday, September 29, 2009


I have to say this is one of the most tragic and horrific things I have seen in awhile. The story of 16 year old Derrion Albert, a honor student at Christian Fenger Academy High School in Chicago, has haunted me for the past 24 hours. Derrion Albert was brutally beaten to death by five heartless individuals last week. A fight broke out between two groups that reside and represent two different neighborhoods on Chicago's southside. Derrion happened to be an innocent bystander on his way to catch the bus home from school. An amature video was able to capture the raw footage as the brawl unfolded. In the video you can see how brutal and savage this fight was because you can see the suspects striking Derrion with wooden rectangular two by fours used as a base for railroad tracks. After he was knocked unconsciousness you can see the suspects begin to stop on his face and head repeatedly. After that you can see those capturing the footage run to his aide and pick him up off the ground and move him into a nearby building.

I just don't get it. This is such senseless and barbaric violence that has taken the life of a good person. From reading news articles on the matter it has been stated that Derrion was a good student that comes from a good family with a strong religious background. Why does violence like this occur at all and let alone a school?

Due to the footage that was captured Chicago Police were able to arrest the 5 suspects and charge them with first degree homicide. There are so many question besides why that are going through my head. Why didnt anyone help him? Why are these individuals so angry? What makes a person so emotionless and heartless that they could do such a thing? Why didn't someone call the police instead of recording this? I would really appreciate some feedback and opinions on this situation because I am just absolutely devastated that this took place.

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