According to police, a heated dispute over a girl, which started between two boys on Facebook, ended in murder. However, one of the victims’ friends says that is not the case.
“I can’t believe people was talking sh** about him like that they need see how it feels to be in his shoes that’s sh** makes me feel sad they gone get there’s one day on god #RIPLILBROTARIQ.”
Just a few minutes after a fireworks display ended near the Milwaukee lakefront at 10:30 p.m., 14-year-old Tariq Akbar was shot and killed by another teen. Even though police officers at the scene performed CPR on they youngster and got a pulse back, he later passed away at a local hospital.
Milwaukee police chief Ed Flynn says eight or nine shots were fired, with one of them hitting the teen in the head. Flynn said he is frustrated with how easily young people can get their hands on firearms, which usually leads up to violence, sometimes with deadly consequences.
Authorities believe a fight broke out between two rival groups of youngsters who had been arguing over a girl, in the Facebook murder case. Even though no one was arrested at the scene, police took the victim’s brother into custody, family members said, however, the reason for the arrest was a probation violation, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
In a statement, the Milwaukee Police Department indicated the Facebook murder investigation is moving forward, and they are making progress.
“He was a good kid, stayed out of trouble, got good grades,” a friend of the 14-year-old victim said. “He didn’t bully or bother anybody. He was a cool friend.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Saturday he shares the frustration of many residents over violence in the city this year.
“I was very angry when I heard about it because you’ve got hundreds of thousands of people who are peacefully watching the fireworks. We were prepared. We had well over 100 police officers out in that but you’ve got somebody who’s got an illegal gun most likely and they’re using it settle a score from Facebook. It’s insanity, it’s just insanity.”
The mother of the 14-year-old victim, Arifah Akbar, says the so-called Facebook murder is not such, and her son was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I just want to say to the other parents keep an eye on your kids, and watch their friends and who they hang with, because you never know what will happen to your kid from hanging with the wrong people.”
The Facebook murder took place in what was a deadly weekend for another big city, Chicago, where a seven-year-old boy was killed in a shooting.
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