7-year-old girl named Heaven latest Chicago murder victim

By godztear · Jun 29, 2012 · Updated Jun 29, 2012 · ·
  1. godztear
    Seven-year-old Heaven Sutton was selling cold drinks and candy at a street stand with her mother when she was shot to death, becoming the 253rd victim this year of Chicago's surging murder rate, police said on Thursday.

    Sutton and her mother, Ashake Banks, were about to close up their stand on Wednesday night when two men approached and began shooting. Heaven was shot in the chest, and a 19-year-old man standing nearby was wounded in the leg, police said.

    "This is not about crime. This is about values. Take your gang conflict away from a 7-year-old," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel angrily told reporters. "You have a 7-year-old selling lemonade," he said. "Where were you raised and who raised you? Stay away from the kids." Emanuel pledged to make Chicago's streets safe when he became mayor last year.

    Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy, who has sought to counter a 37 percent rise in murders so far this year, said police had strong leads in the case but no arrests had been made. Most of the 253 murders so far this year in the nation's third-largest city have occurred in impoverished neighborhoods on the South and West Sides. Frequent shootings in Heaven Sutton's West Side neighborhood had prompted her to plead with her mother to move.

    "'Mom, let's move, I want to move, Mom, I'm so anxious'," Sutton had begged her mother, Banks said in an interview with local radio. Sutton was excited about an upcoming family vacation, and wanted them to move when they returned.

    Banks urged the killer to turn himself in, saying of her daughter, "she didn't have to die because he was trying to kill somebody else."

    The city this week gave a $1 million grant to an intervention group, CeaseFire, which hires former gang members as counselors who try to interrupt the cycles of revenge killings. Analysts have said a number of factors may be at work, including high jobless rates, a splintering of street gangs fighting over turf and drug-dealing, and unusually warm weather that has drawn people outside and into the line of fire.

    Federal law enforcement agencies are also active in the effort to combat the epidemic of street violence, said Thomas Ahearn, an agent in the Chicago office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "There's no way of knowing how many guns are in this area," Ahearn said, adding all seized guns are tracked back to their source and their last legal owner. Straw purchases, in which someone buys guns legally then resells them to gang members, are a big problem, Ahearn said. The third-largest source of guns used in crimes in Chicago after Illinois and neighboring Indiana is Mississippi, where numerous Chicago gangs have contacts, he said.

    Andrew Stern | Thu Jun 28, 2012

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  1. rickster999
    I feel what you are saying dude. But the reality is these pieces of shit would still be doing the same thing if drugs were legal. It would just be over air-jordans or knock-off designer swag. They are the lowest life forms and nothing can change that.
  2. godztear
    Boxes of sneakers off the train might fetch a buck, but people getting shot for their Jordans will not turn out a high profit for the common street hustler.

    Anyone can shoot someone, its as simple as the click of a trigger. There are many motivating factors that could cause someone to do such an act. In this case it is because you are either from the wrong street or wearing the wrong color, because territories are decided up by who sells drugs in that area. Many shooters are under the age of 17 due to the differences in penalties. The people who tell them to do the shootings? The people who control the drugs.
  3. nigh
    Ugh, disgusting. And of course it's all fine when innocents in OTHER countries are dying due to the USA's drug policies, because "we're winning the war" at home. Obviously increased rates of gun violence show that fact very well.
  4. rickster999
    I am a member of drugs forum, nuff' said. I think you miss my point. Lazy punks will do anything to keep from contributing to an intelligent society. For instance, if all drugs were legal, then they have two options. Tell people government dope sucks and buy my shit. Or government dope is awesome, FDA approved baby. Then they fight for territories to rob people because they actually have to buy drugs/ find another illegal enterprise. I don't like wasting my tax dollars on stupid shit! But to blame the US government for having two-bit cock-suckers in my country who have no idea who their father is, is ludicrous. I personally hate the war on drugs. I'm just fed up with people blaming the government for peoples greed and ill behavior. Much love, Rick
  5. slightlyopiated
    Wow, this is heartbreaking. I feel so bad for her mother and the rest of her loved ones but wow her mother is going to probably feel guilty for the rest of her life. She probably will be telling herself, "why didn't we move? she told me she wanted to move....". I know that's what I would be thinking even though its not her fault. Ugh, I wish shit like this wouldn't happen especially to kids.
  6. nigh
    Legalizing drugs wouldn't do nearly as much to stop assholes from killing each other over petty things as it would to stop large-scale organized violence e.g. in Mexico and Colombia. And the main reason people get into crime to begin with boils down to one thing: money. There aren't many other illegal enterprises that can bring in the amount of money that drugs do. Maybe robbery, but hopefully if the main revenue stream funding organized crime is disrupted, less people would get into that sort of thing to begin with.
  7. swirlsmom
    Rick I must say first and foremost I feel as u do with the tax paying stuff and so forth. But I want to see if u can do me a favor look up Ms. Rockerfeller(sp) & a show on youtube called internet wars. There are TONS of facts that will show us that many of the drugs that we use today were put here..FOR A PURPOSE other than medical reasons. I do not blame government for stupid decisions that ignorant people make when commiting some of these crimes. I do value your opinion I just wanted to state mine and see if you wouldnt mind checking out the shows. Good luck in all
  8. godztear
    Do you know where your tax dollars really go? You hold a very small percentage when it comes to the entire United States of America. 1 sixteenth of your penny might make it to a police officers wallet. Most goes to pay someone else's bills, the government will get its fair share to disperse as well. Stupid shit? Sounds like it to me.

    Full blown legalization would not stop ignorant people from being ignorant. Regulation however, could help to curb those otherwise unlikely to commit such an act of violence. If there is not a cash cow such as illicit drugs, gangs will deplete over time as history has shown with the prohibition of alcohol. The killing will slow dramatically, but you can never stop it entirely.
  9. WeOnlyLiveOnce
    I agree 100% with Rickster.... Animals will always be animals.
  10. storkfmny
    253 murders this year?????
  11. godztear
    Chicago police sergeant: "Tribal warfare" on the streets

    CHICAGO - Chicago is in the grips of a deadly gang war. At least 275 people have been killed in the city so far this year and many more have been shot, many of them innocent bystanders to the gang violence. Among the latest victims were 12- and 13-year-old girls shot Tuesday night. They survived.

    Sgt. Matt Little leads one of the teams in Chicago's Gang Enforcement Unit. There are about 200 such officers in the city-- versus 100,000 gang members. "Almost all the violence we're seeing now is from the gangs," Little said. "When there's a shooting we'll respond to the shooting. We'll figure out where we believe the most likely area for retaliation is and we'll work that area trying to both prevent retaliation and possibly build a case on offenders." CBS News rode along with Little's team as dusk fell on poor neighborhoods of vacant lots and high anxiety.

    "The gangs have lost their hierarchy, so to speak, and without a chain of command, there's really nobody keeping things in check," Little said. The leaders are mostly in prison -- or dead. Those left are young, reckless, and often terrible shots. "Instead of a bullet with somebody's name on it, we have a bullet that reads 'To whom it may concern,'" Little said. The result is a spate of shootings that have killed or wounded young children, even toddlers. The victims include 7-year old Heaven Sutton, shot to death selling candy outside her house. Ten-year old Kitanna Peterson, was playing by a fire hydrant when she was shot last week. A stray bullet went through her wrist and abdomen.

    "We care about the grandmother that lives in the Graystone who's raising her grandkids. We care about the guy who's a hard-working stiff who gets up in the morning and works two jobs," Little said. The police are also establishing a data base gleaned from interviews with the gang members themselves -- on their whereabouts, grudges or habits -- to anticipate trouble before it erupts. Some businesses that serve as hideouts will also be shuttered.

    Little responds to a man with a gun call. In just two hours, we witnessed repeated stops, searches and arrests. "They are smart enough and savvy enough to have people run interference, to have plausible stories, to have a whole system of things they can bring up to try to interfere with us doing our jobs," Little said. "They know we're out there and that has an effect on what they're willing to do." He sees the same people "all the time."

    Sgt. Little is a decorated veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He said that parts of Chicago are comparable to what he saw in combat. It's "tribal warfare," he said, "and as it continues to build unless we manage to interdict it, and manage to stop it long enough for the blood to stop boiling, the heat to die down."

    Dean Reynolds | July 11, 2012
  12. Aminatrix
    The murder rate in Chicago is extremely disturbing. Imagine 253 people getting killed in 6 months in your city. That's like playing the lottery but with MUCH better odds of getting 'lucky'
  13. (NS)-M-Lo-Reason
    Absolutely fucking nauseating. I have to say though I agree with the second poster. Drugs or no drugs, this type of behavior is the result of bad people with guns. There is anomie to the highest level (I think I'm using that term right, it's been several years since sociology) involved, especially in Chicago which is a VERY dangerous hood in some areas. A friend of mine from the Chi was shot in the arm sitting on his porch, and that was a stray bullet.

    People raised with little proper moral direction, the constant message that they are worthless as human beings, and adopted by sociopaths who have the things that they want, do things like shoot adorable children selling lemonade. And they are, in my opinion, a waste of a valuable soul. Whatever the circumstances that surround these events, find the people involved, give them a speedy and clean death penalty, and let God give the soul to someone who deserves it. Shooting other gang members is one thing, but FUCKING LITTLE KIDS?!!! Rot in whatever Hell exists, I don't care where you came from or who you think you are. Does that sound insensitive? Fuck off.
  14. Ontario
    So half the year and you got 250 murders...thats the highest this year for a city in the States, right...please tell me I am right.

    So, they look to clock around FIVE HUNDRED hommys if it continues down there the way it does...if we get FIFTY THREE in Toronto, its an uproar....jesus I would not feel safe, I would be armed...seems your pretty darn likely to get hit, weither by accident or on purpose.
  15. Ontario
    It was an accident from what I gather or am I wrong.

    Please, dont hate me...I am in no way justifying this ass holes shooting of a little child at all, I agree with you %100.

    I am just sure this guy didnt want to blast a little girl, sure he was trying to get at someone else...hopefully at least.
  16. Conrad0032
    That's so pathetic... shooting a 7 year old girl wow. Can't believe what this world's coming down to. There's been several messed up incidents like this lately.
  17. Rob Cypher
    I guess so. Because the rest of that post didn't really make much sense to me. :/

    As for the murder rate - it might not disappear if drugs were decriminalized or legalized, but I bet it would sure as hell go down.

    Look at Portugal (IIRC).

    [of course, I'm not calling for an immediate legalization of everything currently scheduled; that'd just be madness. What needs
    to be done are more comprehensive treatment plans for addicts that involve drugs like suboxone, etc]
  18. scartissue_68

    While I don't disagree that bad people will do bad things, we've been here before and Chicago is a perfect test case for what happens when government forces drugs into the black market.

    The following is taken from the Chicago Crime Scene Project:

    Prohibition of alcohol starts 1920 - 7/8 people killed per 100, 000
    Prohibition of alcohol peaks 1927/28 - 13/14 people killed per 100, 000
    Prohibition of alcohol ends 1933 - 7-8 people killed per 100, 000

    So, we all know the history, prohibition of alcohol created a criminal class that would use any tactic, including murder to make illegal profit.

    Now we're in 2012 and it's been 80 years since prohibition of ethanol ended. 80 years of increased population, more guns, more prohibition. What's the murder rate in Chicago today (assuming current trends hold to year's end)?

    16.8 murders per 100, 000 (population). Statistically, not dramatically higher than during the height of alcohol prohibition in 1927-28.

    So far, the Chicago murder rate in 2012 is slightly higher than it was in 2011.

    What does this mean? Well, people aren't statistics and this calculation certainly doesn't reduced the pain or outrage of the tragedy that started this thread, but I believe it does show that Prohibition is the cause of an escalating murder rate, once again. Bad Guys with guns are only the symptom. The War on Drugs declared by the US government is the Cause.
  19. Karmageddon
    I think this has less to do with "bad people" and drugs and more to do with poverty and what people will do to get ahead in a system where they are essentially born to lose. Sure, some get ahead but I can guarantee it's only with far more effort than your typical middle-class kid with a stable family life. Drugs factor in as a REAL source of income for adolescents who could join a gang and sell drugs or work at McDonalds or some other minimum wage job. Factor in the fact that gangs function as a pseudo-family for those who don't have that sort of family structure in their lives and you get this. Legalizing drugs would be a step in the right direction (removing the main source of income) but something else will always replace them unless there are serious changes in the system in order to give everyone a level playing field to succeed in life (not just get by), regardless of income.
  20. (NS)-M-Lo-Reason
    No I understand what you're saying, of course I won't hate. I was very angry at the time I wrote the above (clearly) and you make a valid point. However, I think it's basically something that should be considered by anyone who chooses to discharge a firearm in a neighborhood where children are present. Intentions aside, you shoot a child you should burn.
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