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As America cries for the children in Sandy Hook, the South Side of Chicago continues to be the killing fields of America. This week, a teen who was friends with Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman was murdered on Christmas day while wearing a t-shirt dedicated to his dead friend. Joshua Davis, an 18-year old aspiring artist, was shot after fighting with other young men in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.
Englewood is known for its violence, and thus far, neither the mayor of Chicago, nor anyone else, has any solutions to the problem. The shooting took place at 11:30 pm on Tuesday night and no suspects are in custody. A neighbor, Sam Agnew, said that he heard four or five shots during the night.
“He was killed because he was wearing a hoodie and getting off the bus,” the victim’s sister Selina Davis told DNA Info. “He was a great boy. He was only a baby.”
Joseph’s rap name was JayLoud and he was best friends with Lil Jojo. Jojo was feuding with Interscope recording artist Chief Keef (Keith Cozart) before he was murdered. The rapper’s mother went onto BET two weeks ago and said that she believes that Cozart was responsible for her son’s death. Cozart has canceled tour dates and failed to show up for a video shoot in recent weeks, leading some to speculate that he is evading some of his legal troubles.
Johnathan Moody, a cousin of Davis, says that he warned Davis about wearing the hoodie around the neighborhood with Lil Jojo’s name on it.
“We would tell him, ‘That ain’t good to wear that hoodie.’ But that was his best friend,” Moody said.
The violence in Chicago continues to skyrocket. Some, like Father Michael Pfleger, are calling on politicians to help control the flow of guns to urban communities. Pfleger says that by titling guns as if they were cars, it would keep guns from falling between the cracks and getting onto the black market. Many of these guns end up on the street and take the lives of young people, most of them African American males.