Father of 19, murdered in CHOP zone, says authorities have NOT yet told him what happened
The devastated father of the 19-year-old who died in the Seattle CHOP zone burst into tears because he said authorities have still not told him what happened and that he killed his son’s body. has not seen for a week.
Horace told Lorenzo Anderson Fox news On Wednesday, police had not reached him at all for the past two weeks since his black son Lorenzo Anderson was shot dead on June 20 in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone of Seattle.
“It’s been almost two weeks, I haven’t heard from anyone – nobody called,” said Anderson.
“No one called or tried to find me. And his ID is my ID, so his number is my number, so it’s easy for detectives to say “hey excuse me” – knock on my door – “I’m sorry, let’s tell you what happened to your son.” ‘
The heartbreaking interview came the same day that the Seattle police recaptured their grounds in the protest zone, after the mayor finally issued an early morning execution warrant to leave the area occupied by protesters since June 8.
The devastated father (left) of the 19-year-old killed in the Seattle CHOP zone broke down in tears on Fox News on Wednesday when he said authorities have still not told him what happened and that he is the body of his son was not allowed to see for a week
In the zone, two fatal shootings and crime have increased by more than 500 percent in just over three weeks, making Lorenzo the first victim of gun crime in what started as a peaceful occupation.
Anderson told Fox News that he is still “sedated” from his son’s murder and left with unanswered questions after authorities failed to reach him.
“They need to talk to me and someone has to come tell me something, because I still don’t know anything,” he said.
“Someone has to come to my house and knock on my door and tell me something. I do not know anything. All I know is that my son was killed there. ‘
Anderson said that he had only heard of his son’s death through two friends and that he has not yet been officially heard from the police.
“The only way I found out was just two of his friends, just two friends who happened to be up there and they came to tell me,” he said.
Lorenzo Anderson was shot and killed on June 20 in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone
Horace Lorenzo Anderson told Fox News on Wednesday (left) that police had not approached him at all in the nearly two weeks since his Lorenzo (right) died
“They weren’t even from Seattle. Mind you, I didn’t hear it – the police, they never came.
“Someone should have come who knocked on my door and … should have come to talk to me and let me know about my son. To this day I really don’t know anything. I’m still here. I do not know anything. ‘
He went on to say that even now he is only learning information about his son’s death on YouTube.
“I hear from YouTube. I do not know anything. I only know that my son is dead. I’m still trying to find answers so I can sleep. I do not sleep. My kids don’t sleep. I can’t even stay home, ”he said.
“My children, they feel unsafe at home.”
Anderson also choked back tears when he told him he could not see his son’s body for a week.
“They didn’t even show me my son,” said the distraught father.
“It took me a week to see my son.”
He added, “They wouldn’t let me in. I went to the hospital and they said we couldn’t see him.
“When I go there, I’m looking for detectives, if anyone wants to tell me anything … but when I got there, there was nobody there. The hospital is empty, it is quiet. ‘
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan finally issued an early morning executive order to leave the area occupied by protesters since June 8
The clean-up operation began Wednesday in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone in Seattle
Seattle Department of Transportation begins removing plywood outside of the closed Seattle Police East Precinct
Seattle police appeared in the city’s “ occupied ” protest zone in early Wednesday, took down protesters’ tents, and used bicycles to herd protesters after the mayor ordered the area to be cleared after two deadly shootings
Anderson said he had waited a long time for a doctor to finally tell him that his son had died, but he couldn’t see him to identify him.
“All he tells me is that my son has died and I say,” Can I see him? Is it my son? “As you realize right now, I’m going to” Is it really my son? ” I want to know if it’s my son because this could be someone else’s child. ‘
Anderson remembered being tortured for nearly a week while clinging to hope it wasn’t his son before he could finally identify his body.
“You know I go in my head” yes it is mine because everyone says it, but in my heart I go “I need to see it once so I can see it” [but] I couldn’t see him that day, ”he said.
“That was Saturday. It lasted all the way until Thursday .. so I finally had to see him and then I knew in my heart that it was now my son. ‘
The devastated parent then became inaudible when he said ‘these are children’ and entered the CHOP zone with the words ‘they should have stopped this long ago’.
“It comes to a point where …” he said as his voice drifted.
TIMELINE OF VIOLENCE IN SEATTLE’S CHOP ZONE
June 8: Protesters occupy the area; the police left the premises
June 20: A 19-year-old man is shot and a 33-year-old man is injured
24th of June: Nearby businesses and property owners have filed a federal lawsuit against the city
June 29: Two teenagers shot dead – one fatally – in Jeep near the zone’s concrete barriers
June 30th: Seattle Police Free Zone Barricades Breaking As Protesters Replace Concrete Barriers With Trash Cans And Benches
Early hours : Mayor Jenny Durkan Demands All Barriers To Be Removed After Speaking 525 Percent In Violent Crimes In The Area
5 hours: The police are swarming in the zone
5.30 am: Eyewitnesses say officers cleared the area
07:00: Chief Carmen Best confirms that the police have taken back the district
The young man’s distraught father said he was still “ numb ” after his son’s death while standing at his funeral service on Thursday.
“I’m numb … I’m still numb … I have to bury my son tomorrow,” said Anderson.
“They say,” He’s only 19 years old. “No, that’s Horace Lorenzo Anderson. That’s my son and I loved him. ‘
No arrests were made after Anderson’s death or the shooting of DeJuan Young, 33, who was shot but survived in a separate incident that same morning.
The zone has escalated violently in recent weeks, with another black man – 16-year-old Antonio Mays Jr – being shot in the early hours on Monday morning.
An unnamed 14-year-old was also seriously injured when eyewitnesses claimed there was armed security within the zone fired 300 rounds.
The clean-up operation began in the zone on Wednesday, but several Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell, have said that “several deaths are too late.”
Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an order in early Wednesday demanding that all obstacles be removed and the Seattle Police Department re-taken the site.
At least 31 people were arrested in the zone on Wednesday for undistribution, obstruction, assault and illegal possession of weapons, while riot police dismantled the zone.
Protesters had occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct after officers left the building on June 8 after clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality following George Floyd’s “ murder. ”