As the first charges are filed in the shooting death of an off-duty Chicago police officer, the mother of a man who died by retaliatory gunfire is spreading the blame around.
Lucille Floyd's son, 20-year-old Brian Floyd, was among the four men who gunned down Officer Thomas Wortham IV when they tried to steal his motorcycle late Wednesday night, police say. Floyd died when Wortham's father, a retired police officer, fired off his gun while trying to defend his son.
Floyd's cousin, who police say was also involved in the attempted robbery, remains in critical condition in the hospital. Two other men, Paris McGee and Toyious Taylor, were each charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery on Friday evening.
"I don't feel like all those guys have to pay for that one mistake. You know, it was all a mistake on everybody's part, including the people that shot and the one's that died," Lucille Floyd said from her West Side home Friday night. "I feel like we need to let it rest and go on with our lives."
She stresses that the Wortham family has her condolences, but said that as an officer, the elder Wortham should have known how to shoot without killing somebody.
"For him to shoot them they way he did, in cold blood... because being an officer, I feel like he should have had knowledge of how to hit those children without killing them," Floyd said.
Whether it was working with youth in the city or defending his country in Iraq as a First Lieutenant in the National Guard, Wortham dedicated his life to improving the lives of others.
Some police officers have little compassion for the four men accused in his death who apparently chose a very different path.
"It's irresponsible. It's shameful. It's pathetic. And I hope they rot in hell for it," said District 7 Commander Keith Calloway.