Fox News political analyst breaks down live on air as he opens up about ‘baby’ brother being shot
Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell went live on air when he opened up about his 18-year-old “baby” brother being shot dead while criticizing the Windy City for being “soft on crime.”
Caldwell, 35, criticized the current crime environment in Chicago Fox and friends on Tuesday after his brother Christian Beamon, 18, was shot and killed Friday and injured two others in the Morgan Park neighborhood of the city.
“He was literally just standing in front of the hall,” he told the… New York Post† “And there’s three or four people out there who killed him. We want them to be held accountable.”
Chicago police said 50 shell casings were found at the scene and they are looking for multiple suspects who began firing from a black sedan, the New York Post reported.
On Tuesday morning, he joined his colleagues on Fox and Friends, becoming emotional and stifling tears as he discussed planning his brother’s funeral.
‘I’d rather not be here talking to you, Steve [Doocy]† Honestly, I’d rather be with my family now,” he told the host on Fox and Friends this morning.
“Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I went to the funeral home to plan my little brother’s funeral,” he said, swallowing his tears. “I’m paying for a funeral, Steve, for my little brother. My little brother is supposed to bury me, not the other way around.
“But this is where we are now, and I pray for justice for my little brother, Christian.”
The analyst said hearing the news about brother was “legitimately the worst day of my existence,” on Instagram over the weekend, alongside several photos of his family. “After all the things my family has been through, [I] I never thought my little brother’s life would be stolen from him.”
Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell, 35, (pictured June 5) collapsed in mid-air Tuesday after his younger brother was shot and killed in Chicago on Friday. The tragic news was shared by Caldwell on his Twitter account, along with a photo posing next to his youngest sibling, 18-year-old Christian.
“I never, ever thought that my little brother, who just turned 18, would ever be in this situation. We’ve never killed anyone in our family, and we’ve been through very, very tragic things. God has always protected us so I can’t understand how this happened. I’m trying to get the details to fully understand what’s going on here,” he said (Photo: Christian)
Chicago police on Friday detailed how an 18-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound to the torso had died at the scene of a shooting
He also said on Tuesday that he was “proud” of his sister, who recently “spoke to the community” to ask people to take her brother’s death as a “lesson for everyone”.
‘My little brother was innocent, but for those who might not be doing the right things? It’s time to get right with God,” she said, according to her brother.
The youngest of nine siblings, Christian was known as the “comedian, like me,” Caldwell said.
“If you were having a bad day, Chris was the one who would say something to make you laugh. He was the kid who always joked. He was the child who was the light. He was the energy of the room.’
The political analyst also revealed that her grandmother is refusing to attend the Christian funeral because she “wanted to remember him what he was like.” The Fox employee called it “heartbreaking.”
“That’s so powerful to hear something like that, because I never expected to hear something like hearing my grandmother talk about a funeral for my little brother.”
Now on the hunt for Christian’s killer, the family is calling on the Chicago government to “review this soft crime policy.”
“Living in Chicago shouldn’t carry a death sentence,” he told Fox and Friends on Tuesday. ‘But for so many people there it is. And that’s why it’s so important to me to keep my brother’s name alive in the hopes that people will contact the police if they know anything, the Chicago Police Department.”
Caldwell, who is now based in Miami, told the New York Post that the Chicago he grew up in is now unrecognizable to him because criminals are now taking to the streets and no longer focusing on the infamous South Side.
“We need to legislate to review or reverse some of these policies that could have prevented my brother’s death. Because criminals here — they don’t capitulate to the law and they don’t fear the police, they don’t fear the prosecutors,” he told Fox and Friends on Tuesday.
“The belief there, from what I heard from some young men just yesterday, is that if someone does something, they probably won’t be arrested or maybe they won’t be prosecuted.
It’s an in-and-out system that needs to change. We need to take a hard line on crime in Chicago, because lives are literally at stake.”
Crime in the Windy City is up 34 percent from the same time last year. However, the number of murders and shooting incidents has fallen by 11 and 17 percent respectively.
He also said earlier this week that Chicago police “shouldn’t be handcuffed.”
Caldwell (left) is the father figure of his siblings. Christian’s killer allegedly got into a black sedan and drove off after the shooting (Photo: Caldwell and Christian at an unknown time)
Caldwell said the Chicago he grew up in is no longer recognizable as criminals are now running through the streets “not afraid of the police”
Days earlier, on Father’s Day, Caldwell shared a series of messages between one of his brothers. “My little brother never met his father and as devastating as this is, I thank God that he chose me as his big brother/father figure,” Caldwell wrote. “I’ve always seen you as the closest to a father figure. You have taught me so much and for that I am forever grateful and proud of the things you have done,” his brother Matthew wrote to him in a touching message (photo)
Caldwell described his childhood in Chicago as “very poor.” His mother was addicted to cocaine and had to go to rehab. It meant that the siblings were all placed in the care of his grandmother. “I was like his father because he never knew his father. So my three youngest brothers, I thought, were my children. Those are my sons, so I took care of them. I’ve supported them financially and still do my family,” Caldwell told Fox earlier this week
Three Caldwell siblings with shoeboxes (pictured at an unknown time)
Overall crime in the Windy City is up 34 percent from the same time last year