The Chicago Police Department said Tuesday that over 40 Facebook users viewed a video streamed live on the social media site of a 15-year-old female student being raped by 5 or 6 boys, likely sometime on Sunday.
The crime was not reported to law enforcement until the victim’s mother, Stacey Elkins, informed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson of the incident on Monday afternoon, showing Johnson screenshots from the video.
Ms. Elkins’ teenage daughter went missing early Sunday after returning from a church service with her uncle, but has since been located a few blocks from home by Chicago detectives and taken to the hospital for medical examination and treatment.
According to the uncle, Reginald King, his niece suffered facial injuries due to the incident, including a lip abrasion and swollen cheeks.
“It was very, very graphic,” King said, speaking of the video shown to him by a local teenager. “She’s pulled toward the bed.”
Mr. King went on to speculate the perpetrators were neighborhood “thugs” who probably attended school on Monday, and that adults were likely complicit in the crime.
Residents of North Lawndale in Chicago are reluctantly familiar with a group of approximately 35–50 male teens, dubbed the “beam team”, which are “holding the entire community hostage,” according to King.
“I literally saw adults . . . cringing in fear,” he said. “We were like, ‘They’re kids,’ and they were like, ‘No, they shooting people, they killing people, they robbing people.'”
None of the suspects have been identified and no one has been arrested, but “interviews” with witnesses are currently being conducted, according to police department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
According to reports, the 15-year-old girl attends Lane Technical College Prep High School, a competitive “magnet” school with high admission standards on Chicago’s north side.
This is the fourth time since October 2016 a criminal act in Chicago has been streamed on Facebook Live.
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