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Fox News analyst Gianno Caldwell appeared on TV Monday, taking a break from planning his 18-year-old brother’s funeral. He pleaded for information on who may be behind the brutal Chicago shooting.
A Chicago Police Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital that there haven’t been any updates, as of Monday morning, and that nod is was in custody in connection to the shooting death of Caldwell’s 18-year-old brother, Christian, who was shot and killed on the far South Side of Chicago.
Chicago police said there were no updates in the tragic killing of 5-month-old baby girl Cecelia Thomas, who was also killed by gunfire in a car on Saturday on the South Side.
“It has come to the point where people have become desensitized to the violence and the murders that take place here,” Caldwell said during an in-studio interview with FOX 32 Chicago Monday.
Something needs to change urgently. If it wasn’t my little brother, would I be getting all this coverage for him?” he asked rhetorically. “Would people even know his name? No.”
What about the 5-month-old girl who was just murdered on Friday?” he added. “You don’t even really know her name. It’s just the fact that it happened to an infant that we’re reading about it.”
Caldwell called out the “lifestyle of violence” in Chicago. He said his brother was working and looking forward to going to college, but his life was cut short.
“The fact that this continues to happen in this city, one in which I grew up in, one in which I love, is utterly disappointing, disgusting,” Caldwell said, growing emotional at times during the interview.
“There’s no value for human life. That value has been eroded over the years. Living in Chicago should not come with a death sentence, but it does for so many people who live here.”
Caldwell’s brother, Christian, was standing outside with a group of people on the 11400 block of S. Vincennes at approximately 2:06 a.m. Friday. He and two others, 1 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, were shot by an unidentified male who got into a black sedan and then fled the scene.
Caldwell is one of nine siblings.
“Forgiveness comes with accountability,” Caldwell said.
He noted that murder in the state of Illinois comes with a minimum of 25 years to life, and he wants the maximum penalty for his brother’s killer.
“I’m leaving the studio to go plan a funeral for my baby brother,” he said. “When we think about not just him, but the violence that has been created in Chicago, and some of the policies which have systematically – the soft-on-crime policies which we’ve seen in the city — they have to come to an end.”
“We gotta unhandcuff the police, allow them to do their jobs because they’re in fear of doing their jobs,” Caldwell continued.
“I understand that we can have criminal justice reform, we can have police reform, but there has to be a balance because at this point criminals are unafraid of the police, they’re unafraid of the prosecutors, they won’t capitulate to the laws, so what do we do next?”