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