A reputed member of a faction of the Gangster Disciples street gang, Khalil Yameen, has been charged in a deadly gang-related shooting that led to the execution-stye murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.
After Yameen and another man killed Tracey Morgan and wounded Morgan’s mother in 2015, Morgan’s brother, Corey, sought revenge. Enraged that his brother was killed and his “mama was shot” as part of a feud between rival gangs, Corey Morgan proclaimed that “he was going to kill grandmas, mamas, kids and all,” according to prosecutors.
Corey Morgan and two fellow members of his gang lured Tyshawn from Dawes Park and into a nearby alley last Nov. 2 by promising to buy the boy candy. One of those men shot Tyshawn in the head.
Authorities believe Tyshawn was targeted as part of the gang war.
The Morgan brothers — members of a gang called Bang Bang Terrordome, a faction of the Black P Stones — had been feuding with the Gangster Disciples faction that includes both Yameen and Tyshawn’s father, Pierre Stokes.
Tyshawn’s murder, therefore, was meant to avenge the earlier killing of Tracey Morgan.
Tracey Morgan, 25, was killed last Oct. 13 as he was being driven home by his mother after he had left a police-sponsored meeting of parolees whose goal was to resolve gang conflicts in the area. During the car ride, Morgan’s mother, then 56, noticed that they were being followed by a silver sedan that had been parked outside the meeting, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.
As they headed toward South Lafayette and 83rd Street, the car passed them on the left, then cut in front of them and stopped, Santini said. Meanwhile, another vehicle stopped behind the mother and son, boxing them in.
That’s when Yameen and another gunman got out of the stopped cars, came up to the Morgans’ vehicle and pumped 15 rounds into it.
Tracey Morgan was shot 11 times. Although his mother also suffered a gunshot wound in the arm, she managed to drive to a nearby gas station and call for help.
Tyshawn was killed a few days later, on Nov. 2.
Yameen, 23, admitted his role in Tracey Morgan’s slaying to another person and he has been recorded saying that he was armed and at the murder scene.
Cellphone tower records also show Yameen’s mobile phone at the site of the parole meeting Tracey Morgan had attended — as well as calls made between Yameen and the second shooter just before the murder, Santini said.
Judge James Brown on Thursday ordered Yameen, of the 7000 block of South Maplewood, held without bond.
Corey Morgan, Dwright Boone-Doty, and Kevin Edwards — the alleged getaway driver in Tyshawn’s murder — are all awaiting trial in Cook County Jail.
Tyshawn’s father, Stokes, was held without bond in March after he was charged with shooting three people in the Gresham neighborhood. One of those victims is the girlfriend of one of the men suspected of killing his son.