​October 13, 1992: 7 Year Old Dantrell Davis Is Killed In Gang Crossfire 

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While Dantrell was walking to Jenner Elementary School with his mother (Annette Freeman) in Cabrini–Green housing projects in Chicago, Illinois, he was gunned down by gangs.

His death sparked a city wide awakening to the violence happening in inner city projects. It also led to the 1st gang truce in Cabrini–Green, at the request of his mother. The truce lasted over 3 years.

Dantrell was one of 61 children killed in Chicago in 1992. Yet his death was the year’s most symbolic. For many in Chicago and across the nation, Dantrell’s slaying epitomized one of the worst problems in American society: Crime had run amok in urban America and no one, not even the smallest child, was safe.

Police arrested Anthony Garrett for Dantrell’s death. He was a gang member seeking revenge, authorities said. From a 10th-story window, he fired a burst of bullets from an assault-style weapon at rivals in front of Dantrell’s building. Dantrell was the only one hit.

He was convicted and sentenced to 100 years in prison.

Read about the legacy of this senseless murder at: Daily Black History Facts

4 Comments

  • Faith J. October 14, 2016 - 4:02 pm Reply

    Every time I read stories like this or anything about the deaths in Cabrini-Green, I wonder who these young men and women could’ve been especially Dantrell Davis. He was so young. R.I.P.

  • Jeanne R Christian October 14, 2016 - 7:21 pm Reply

    And to think that things have gotten worse since 1992. How very sad. Our cities need prayer and spiritual help first, plus finances and jobs, along with parenting classes to begin to address this horrible problem.

  • Erick Dean Tippett October 18, 2016 - 2:00 am Reply

    I remember the Jenner School very well I substituted there after having been a high-school teacher and
    evaluator for the board of education in Chicago during that very time. How strange people are just now
    recalling this when I saw the pattern taking place in the Lawndale community on Chicago’s west side in
    the 1950’s where I saw all this unfold day after day after day from the time I was seven years old until
    I helped my family buy a home in the Austin community in 1969 where the same pattern occurred even
    sooner than it had in Lawndale which took about ten years to change from Jewish to black! Parents who
    fail to or lack the tools to pass on a certain awareness and self respect to their young ones will always
    suffer the violence coming not only from the people in their own communities, but law enforcement personnel who often are inadequately trained to deal with entire communities were such problems
    are a way of life and have become a law unto itself! Even Marva Collins magnificent educational gift
    could not change any of this and she sadly died a few ago in debt and having to close down some of
    wonderful schools she had struggled so hard to build as cornerstones in the black community. Sadly
    as George Santayana once commented: “Those who do not learn from their history are doomed to
    repeat it!”

    Erick Dean Tippett
    Retired Musician/Teacher
    Chicago, Illinois

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