his wife refused to wear Islamic dress.
Family massacre in Chicago a Muslim “honor killing”
By Douglas J. Hagmann
16 April 2010: It was a scene that left one of the most hardened Chicago detectives I know shaken. He described the murder scene to me last night as one of the worst he has seen in his career, and he has seen some of the worst.
Responding early Wednesday morning to the scene of a multiple shooting inside a bungalow located in the 7200 block of South Mozart Street, Chicago, IL were the bloodied and lifeless bodies of Tawanda Thompson, 19, who was in the late stages of pregnancy with a girl; Keyshai Fields, 16, also four-months pregnant; 3 year-old Keleasha Larry, and 7 month-old Jihad Larry. There were all methodically murdered in an early morning shooting spree allegedly at the hand of 32 year-old James A. LARRY, Tawanda Thompson’s husband. They were married less than a month. In addition to the dead, 57 year-old Leona Larry, the suspect’s mother and his 13 year-old nephew, Demond Larry were critically wounded.
Considering the unborn children, six lives were shortened by murder and two more lie in the balance. The act was particularly brutal, according to the homicide detective, who provided this author with the details of the murder scene on the condition his name not be used.He confirmed some of the published and unpublished police reports and sources, stating that the suspect shot his wife first, the bullet entering her throat. He then methodically executed the others in the house, shooting each victim in the head or face. When he realized that his pregnant wife was still alive, he turned and shot her in the head, killing her and her unborn child –a girl.
And one 12 year-old girl witnessed nearly the entire event, herself narrowly escaping death by running in her pajamas to a nearby gas station for help as the suspect shot at her. At the gas station, the traumatized young girl telephoned her mother, saying that her uncle “killed everyone.” The suspect, James LARRY, was apprehended by police a short time later. He was charged yesterday with four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of intentional homicide of an unborn child.
When arrested, the suspect expressed remorse. He reportedly told arresting officers that he was sorry, but not for the murders. “He was sorry that he ran out of bullets,” confirmed the detective. The motive? His wife and family would not submit to Islamic doctrine.
As he described the scene inside the house and the suspect’s apprehension to me last night, this hardened police detective who I’ve known for the last eight years was more upset than I’ve even known him to be. Upset over the deaths, upset over the motive, and upset at the legal system. “This didn’t have to happen,” he said. “But it did, and it will probably happen again in another community, to another family,” he stated. “The reason it happened here and the reason it will happen again is that we’ve allowed our prisons to become recruiting grounds for Islamic fundamentalism that teaches this twisted [expletive deleted]. And our system has become too lenient, too ‘PC,’ and too afraid to confront this problem, so now we have nearly an entire family murdered by a guy quoting Allah and the Qu’ran.”
Charged: James A. LARRY
James A. LARRY converted to Islam while serving time in prison. Having a number of prior convictions, LARRY was most recently sentenced in 2002 to 5 ½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon. He was paroled in April of 2007, but spent three months in a halfway house after he admitted smoking marijuana while on probation.
It was during his time in prison that he began receiving visits by prison imams through the Islamic prison outreach program. “He became increasingly radicalized with orthodox Islamic beliefs, ultimately demanding compliance to fundamentalist Islam by his wife and family,” stated the detective. “He [allegedly] killed his wife because she would not wear Muslim attire, and would not follow his beliefs,” he stated. “It was an honor killing, pure and simple, but don’t count on hearing that in the media.”
An in-depth look exposing the infiltration of our prisons was published in our February 17, 2010 article titled From the Places to the tombs, a Pandora’s Box of peril. Until we put a stop to this brand of prison outreach, expect the body count in the U.S. to rise.
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