Beating Death of Chicago Student Prompts Upcoming Visit from AG, Education Secretary
By Michael A. Fletcher
Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will travel to Chicago next Wednesday to meet with students, community members and officials from the high school attended by a 16-year-old honor student who was beaten to death last week, White Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.
Police called the student, Derrion Albert, an innocent victim who got caught up in the midst of a fight between two rival factions at Christian Fenger High School. He was killed in an horrific beating that was captured on video. Earlier this week, law enforcement officials said that four people had been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the case.
Gibbs said the administration officials will discuss school violence. He said the crime has captured the concern of President Obama, who is headed to Copenhagen Thursday evening to support Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. "Obviously, it's of great concern to the president, as somebody who's -- lives in Chicago but would -- would and should be a concern for every American," Gibbs said. "This isn't a Chicago problem; this is violence. Youth violence is a problem throughout our country."
Posted at 3:58 PM ET on Oct 1, 2009
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