A 2-year-old boy and a man were shot to death on February 14 in Chicago. The incident also left a pregnant woman wounded. The attack was posted live on Facebook. An amateur video depicted what was an apparently happy family day. A live video, recorded by a woman, that was posted on Facebook showed her and a male friend singing along to a tune on the stereo while in their car. In the back seat was the toddler, Lavontay White Jr.
Suddenly, shots were fired. LIttle Lavontay and the adult male were both shot in the head. Lavontay was revived by first responders who arrived on the scene. But both he and the adult man were later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The video shows that the screaming woman apparently flees from the car and goes to a house nearby. While the video portion of the feed ended there, the audio continued. The pregnant woman calls for help for herself and unborn baby. "Call 911! They killed him... I have a bullet in my stomach," the woman screamed.
According to reports, first responders were on time to save the woman and her unborn child. Bot the woman, and the unborn baby that is in its second trimester of gestation, are expected to recover.
A GoFundMe page has been established to fund funeral and burial expenses for Lavontay. The deceased boy’s aunt, Wakhonda Tyus wrote on the website: "I am the aunt of The latest Most Precious Innocent Undeserving Future I Have a Dream writer, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Activist, Leader, guaranteed succeeder, paw patrol loving just started walking, talking victim of Chicago's violence, slain 2yr old, Lavontay White Jr. Who Died February 14th 2017, 2 weeks after his second birthday. Help spread the word."
Lavontay is only the latest child to die at the hands of criminals in Chicago. Takiya Holmes (11) and Kanari Gentry Bowers (12) were both shot in the head in separate incidents on February 10. They succumbed to their wounds, respectively, on February 14 and February 15. There are no suspects in any of the three cases.
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.