11-Yr Old Boy Killed in Carjacking On His Way to Get Christmas Haircut

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by Barry Burch Jr.

Parts of Chicago are beginning to look a lot like the movie “Groundhog Day;” just flip the ratio of white people to black people and change the main story line to that of murder.  Regardless of when or where you wake up, sadly, one thing seems to be for certain:  Someone was just killed in Chicago.

One of the most recent additions to the city’s senseless death toll is 11-year-old Donovan Anthony Turnage of Chicago.  The boy was on his was to get his haircut for Christmas.  Unfortunately, at the same time, a man was fleeing a carjacking and slammed into the car the boy was riding in with his family, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.  Donovan along with his father and older brother were almost to the barbershop when they were crashed into around 12:30 p.m.

The police were in the process of chasing the suspect from an armed carjacking they had witnessed.  According to Donovan’s father, the car he and his two sons were in was hit from behind at a green light.  The impact caused their car to do a tailspin and land on the sidewalk, as reported by NewsOne.

Though Donovan happened to be riding in the back seat, “the impact was so hard it threw him out the back passenger window,” said his mother, Annette Turange.  According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, Donovan was pronounced dead at University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital at 1:35 p.m.

One can only imagine the immense pain of losing a child, especially before Christmas.  Annette says it “is very painful.”

She told the Sun-Times, “He was looking forward to opening his presents on Christmas.  He [suspect] took our angel away from us.”

The chase is to be reviewed by the department’s Traffic Review Board, according to a spokesperson for the Chicago police.

Too add more injustice to this already heartbreaking story; the suspect is still on the loose.  He managed to escape police following the accident by carjacking another vehicle and fleeing.  He eventually abandoned that car and jacked a third one; a 2007 Honda sedan.  Police are still in pursuit.

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