Another teen has been murdered near President Obama’s Chicago home. Cornelius German,15, was murdered Monday night just four blocks from President Obama’s Kenwood home. This murder is a reminder of the deaths of Hadiya Pendleton and Rashad Pratt, who were murdered near the President’s home. Cornelius German, whose nickname was ‘Cornbread,’ was pronounced dead at the Cook County medical examiner’s office at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday. No suspects are in custody. The teen reportedly had trouble at school and had friends who were in gangs, the Chicago Tribune reports.
His mother admitted that her son rebelled against authority and hung out with gang members, but she was unhappy that Chicago police had so quickly called her son a gang member.
“This is not Hadiya Pendleton. This is Cornelius German, a boy affiliated with gangs,” Timika Rutledge-German said. “Police can’t say he was a known gangbanger. He hung with everybody because they were his homies.”
Police officials said the boy had “documented gang ties.” He also had a juvenile record that included arrests for armed robbery and findings of guilt for theft and battery, according to law enforcement sources.
Though his mother insisted her son was not in a gang, she did not deny his struggles. He was kicked out of Chicago Public Schools and put in alternative schools after he defied authority figures and developed an attitude problem, she said. He hung out with gang members, she added. But just two months ago he had earned his way back into Kenwood Academy High School, to the delight of his parents, who had high hopes that he was finally being given a chance to straighten out. Source