A grieving Chicago father has defended the mother accused of shooting and killing their 12-year-old son, calling attention to mental illness and sharing his grief.
Lavell Ingram’s son was killed in his home on the south side of Chicago on Saturday, according to several Chicago media outlets. The boy’s mother, Fallon Harris, has now been charged with the murder of Kaden Ingram following a Chicago Police investigation.
“He was the joy of my life,” said Lavell Ingram ABC 7 Chicago. “He was everything a father could want in a child. It hurts. It’s hard to describe.”
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According to CBS 2 Chicago, the Cook County State Attorney’s Office cited audio and video evidence that captured Harris, 37, growing increasingly furious with Kaden when he did not give him a memory card. SD of their vehicle.
Investigating Chicago Police detectives said the recovered audio caught Harris opening fire on Kaden – the first shot still leaving him conscious – and then the video caught Harris shooting. fatally shoot Kaden a second time. The seventh-grade student was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Harris confessed to the murder to family members over the phone and then to police who arrived at the scene.
Harris’ family members said ABC 7 Chicago she was struggling with a mental illness and was seeing a therapist.
“His mother is a loving mother,” Lavell Ingram explained. “She loved him more than she loved anything in the world.”
Harris appeared in bail court on Monday and is being held without bail. She faces life imprisonment if found guilty.
Gun violence continues to rage in Chicago. According to mid-summer records by the Chicago Sun-Times, of nearly 1,500 gunshot victims of gun violence, at least 52 victims were 15 years of age or younger. More than 100 people were shot dead over Father’s Day weekend, including at least 12 minors, five of whom have died.