For Karla Lee, keeping tabs on her son’s accused murderer is a grim task.
“I’m looking at the man who killed my son, so it just brings chills to me,” she said.
Lee is the mother of Tyshawn Lee, a 9-year-old boy who police say was lured from a Chicago park and “assassinated” as part of a raging gang war on the city’s South Side.
Police have charged 27-year-old Corey Morgan with murder in the young boy’s execution-style shooting and believe two other suspects were also involved.
A second suspect is in custody on an unrelated gun charge and police are searching for a third suspect, who they identified as Kevin Edwards.
Morgan has repeatedly denied having any involvement in Tyshawn’s murder, but each time he appears in court, Lee says she is there.
In court Wednesday, Morgan was surrounded by heavy security, including sheriff’s police in SWAT gear.
He said nothing as Judge James Brown assigned him a new court date in a hearing that lasted roughly 45 seconds.
“Nothing is going to change,” she said. “I’m still hurt. I’m still crying. I’m still grieving. So, nothing will change. I don’t think it ever will. Just to know they won’t be outside to do this to anyone else, that makes me a littler happier.
Lee also appealed to Edwards outside the court building Wednesday, asking him to turn himself in to police.
“Kevin Edwards you need to turn yourself in,” she said. “You just need to do the right thing and turn yourself in.”
Dawn Valenti, a crisis responder who assists families in the aftermath of a homicide, said there is still a $56,000 reward for the arrest of the people responsible for Tyshawn’s murder.
Morgan is due back in court on Dec. 28.