The Public Slate Videographer Untrail D. Boyd follows a crowd of more than 100 North Lawndale residents as they hold a candlelight vigil for murdered black resident Lamarr Watson. According to Boyd, the 30-year-old Watson was shot while standing outside in the 2200 block of South Kolin. The incident took place shortly after 2 a.m.
Boyd says that Watson was shot by someone he knew. A published Chicago Sun-Times account claims that “someone walked up and shot [Watson] in the head.” However, the Sun-Times made no mention of who Watson’s killer was. In fact, the short report ended after stating that as of Sunday night, no one had been taken into police custody for the shooting.
Watson was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m.; only hours after arriving at Mount Sinai Hospital.
The May 3 vigil, to be held at 7:00 p.m., is a display of compassion felt by residents of the North Lawndale community where Watson was shot. According to Boyd: “You could hear the hurt, anger, parents crying; and you could also hear several participants in the crowd identifying the shooter.” You could specifically hear them shouting out the name of the person who hid the killer from the police, said Boyd. Much of what was being said can be heard by listening to the audio track accompanying the embedded video attached to the end of this report.
Contrary to published reports throughout Chicago land media outlets, this online newspaper has correctly spelled Watson’s first name, Lamarr.
By DiMarkco Chandler
Video Journalist Untrail D. Boyd contributed to this report.
Chicago Sun-Times: Lamar Watson shot to death around the corner from his home in North Lawndale
Image Credit: Untrail D. Boyd