Derrion Albert’s mother seeks honorary street

The mother of a Chicago teenager murdered four years ago on his way home from school is fighting to get an honorary street sign  in her son’s memory.

Derrion Albert, 16, was bludgeoned to death along a stretch of 111th Street in 2009 as he was walking home from Fenger Academy High School.

His death sparked national outrage after video of the attack was posted online.

Now his mother, Anjanette Albert, is seeking to have an honorary sign erected at the location of her son’s murder.  A petition she posted at gopetition.com has about 300 signatures of support.

Chicago aldermen have authority to make arrangements for honorary street signs. Alderman Carrie Austin (34th Ward), whose ward includes the area around Fenger High School, says she wants input from residents before proposing the honorary street designation.

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2 comments

  • Andrea

    we really stretch it in Chicago, thinking of what names to give to streets. why is it never scientists or world leaders and not just local "leaders", petty politicians and now victims of inner-city crime. what's next, TV characters?

  • Diana

    I cannot imagine her pain or any other parent's pain of losing a child. I can only try to understand.
    I for one, think that there should be a Memorial to all young people who have been taken way too soon.( No Thugs Please).
    This is just an idea, because I don't think it would be fair to only memorialize one person, when there are so many.
    This would probably have to be done per area and would have be able to have names added. I hated to say that, but it seems that it's true. I feel for all of the parents and hope and pray, that I never feel that pain.
    Maybe the Alderman could work something out, with that extra money they get.

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