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How a Beating, Three Murders Led to Tyshawn Lee Slaying

It all began around six in the morning on Aug. 5 when 21-year-old Adarius Hayes was found dead in a car in the 7500 block of South Damen. Hayes, a member of the Killer Ward Gangster Disciples, had been shot in the chest. It was the first shot fired in the latest neighborhood gang rivalry that has gripped the Auburn Gresham community and loosely culminated with the murder of nine year-old Tyshawn Lee earlier this month.

According to several neighborhood sources, the Killer Wards are at war with the Bang Bang Gang, a faction of the Terror Dome gang, which itself is a faction of the Black P Stones. Hayes’s murder was just the first in a string of incidents that has taken the lives of innocent victims and members of both gangs alike.

Chicago Police have said Pierre Stokes, Lee’s father, is allegedly a documented gang member with the Killer Wards, along with his relative, Christopher Smith. Neither of the men is cooperating with investigators, according to police.

Armed with a warrant, police raided the home of Smith recently, but no charges have been filed. However, the Crusader has obtained exclusive information over the last week in which one could argue Stokes knows exactly the circumstances that led to his son’s murder.

Stokes, who goes by the street name “Wooh Gotti,” posted a video on social media showing him, Smith and two other men believed to be other Killer Ward GDs mercilessly beating a young man who they believe to be affiliated with the BBG in September.

The video was taken down shortly after Tyshawn’s murder, but not before the Crusader obtained a copy of the grainy 30-second clip in which Stokes is heard saying, “F— BBG,” while he and others kick, stomped and punched the person, who is pleading for mercy while curling up into the fetal position on the ground.

According to criminologists and law enforcement experts around the country, gangs use social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to make threats against rival gangs, display guns, money or drug use and to showcase beatings and other forms of violence they have unleashed on rivals. The practice is called “cyber banging.” Just as the international terrorist group ISIS uses social media to terrorize and intimidate, so do street gangs in America say experts.

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