Chicago gang violence: Honor students murdered

Chicago gang violence: Honor students murdered
In 1994, Robert “Yummy” Sandoval, age 11, wanted to impress members of the Black Disciples by committing a drive-by on rival gang members. He shot into a crowd and killed honor student Shavon Dean, who was walking a friend home. A city-wide manhunt ensued for Dean’s killer. Three days after the murder, Robert Sandoval was executed by members of his own gang. Sandoval’s killers, Derrick Hardaway, 14 and his brother Cragg, 16, were gang members and also honor students.

Chicago gang violence: Shavon Dean and Robert Yummy Sandoval, 1994

Derrick Hardaway, 14, and his brother Cragg, 16, who were both members of the Black Disciples and honor students, executed 11-year-old Robert Yummy Sandoval after Sandoval accidentally killed another honor student Shavon Dean, 14, in a drive-by shooting. Dean was walking a friend home when she was killed, and the shocking crime sent the city into a manhunt for her killer. The Cragg brothers were allegedly instructed by gang leaders to execute the 11-year-old Sandoval for damage control. After two days of being on the lam, Yummy was lured into a railroad underpass where he was shot twice in the back of the head.

The crime made national news, and Tupac Shakur wrote, produced and  dedicated the song Young Niggaz from the Me Against the World  album to the children of the ghetto.

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