Family outraged after Alderwoman Debra Silverstein says Lavell Winslow, teen killed at Lerner Park, appears to be ‘accident’

Family outraged after Alderwoman Debra Silverstein says Lavell Winslow, teen killed at Lerner Park, appears to be ‘accident’

CHICAGO (TOC) — The household of a 13-year-old boy who was discovered fatally shot at a Far North Facet park final week is talking out for the primary time because the teen’s loss of life.

They’re refuting an announcement made by fiftieth Ward Alderwoman Debra Silverstein because the circumstances surrounding the capturing stay in query.

Lavell Winslow was at Lerner Park in West Ridge celebrating a pal’s birthday when he was shot and killed final Friday evening simply earlier than 10 p.m.

“Final time I texted him, it was 8:30-9’oclock. I instructed him to be residence by 11. He stated ‘OK,'” recalled Lavell’s mom, Vanessa Winslow.

The devastated dad and mom are expressing outrage at what occurred, in addition to at statements made in an e mail to constituents the day after the capturing by Alderwoman Silverstein.

“Police are investigating, however the capturing seems to have been an accident,” Silverstein stated within the e mail.

“It was not an accident. It was homicide,” Vanessa stated. “My child was murdered. Premeditated — from behind.”

“All I do know is, my son was left in a gazebo laying below a bench with a gap in his head and was found by an off-duty police officer with a bunch of individuals operating,” added Lavelle’s father, Jeffrey Brown.

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Alderman Silverstein acknowledged the household’s grief Thursday, whereas addressing the latest violence in West Ridge that led to 3 deadly shootings in a one week interval.

“That is an evolving case. They’re nonetheless interviewing most of the juveniles that have been there,” Silverstein stated. “I’m grieving about this as effectively. It is a horrible, horrible tragedy. I am very indignant that we have had this uptick in crime within the fiftieth Ward and I plan to advocate for extra sources right here within the ward.”

The health worker has dominated Lavell’s loss of life to be a murder.

His dad and mom say the 13-year-old, who’s the youngest of 5 brothers and sisters, was a momma’s boy who beloved enjoying video video games and was on the basketball group at West Ridge Elementary Faculty, the place he was an eighth grade scholar.

“My son was murdered. Whoever murdered him, we’re standing right here, as a result of he haven’t got a voice. He is not right here. We will do every part in my energy to see he receives the justice he deserves,” the teenager’s father stated.

As for the investigation, Lavell’s household has implied that detectives know precisely who they’re on the lookout for, nevertheless, CPD will solely publically say that the case stays below investigation.

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