Police: Candle from vigil to blame for fire that destroyed 9-year-old boy’s memorial

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CHICAGO — Chicago police say a candle lit at a memorial honoring a slain 9-year-old Chicago boy ignited a fire that destroyed the memorial and damaged a nearby garage. However, Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Walter Schroeder says the early Sunday blaze remains under investigation.

Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Frank Velez says no one was injured by the fire in city’s South Side Gresham community.

The memorial was erected for Tyshawn Lee. Chicago police say the boy on Monday was “lured” from a park into an alley and executed because of his father’s alleged gang connections.

The child’s father, Pierre Stokes, has disagreed with authorities’ characterization of him.

Investigators have executed several search warrants in the investigation, and a $54,600 reward has been offered for any information leading to an arrest.

The funeral for Tyshawn is set for Tuesday.


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