As Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been busy enjoying illicit haircuts and doling out taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens, a group of criminals, like those who inhabit the left-wing city in droves, murdered U.S. Marine veteran Mamadou Balde.
“Tuesday evening, [Balde] was waiting for a train at the Jackson Red Line stop when three men started arguing with him,” the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.
“Surveillance video apparently shows him walking away from the confrontation when one of the three ran up and pushed him off the platform and into a moving train, killing him. He was 29.”
Mamadou Balde will be remembered as a brave hero who, alongside his brothers of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, helped pave the way for the Taliban stronghold of Sangin to be cleared of insurgents in 2010-2011. pic.twitter.com/6GhyKEZthX
— Luis Agostini (@LuisRAgostini) April 9, 2020
He was a 29-year-old West African legal immigrant who’d served two tours in Afghanistan and had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“It was crazy over there. He told me a lot. He told me things had haunted him,” his father, Al Balde, said to the Tribune of his son’s experiences overseas.
“As an infantryman, he told me it was bad. It was too much. Most of his friends died at one time in front of his eyes. … He told he had seen things … with children killed. He remembers looking at the mothers crying and he remembered that he didn’t even know his mom that much.”
According to Balde’s father, he never received the help he needed once he returned home in 2015.
Years later, and despite facing so many horrific obstacles in Afghanistan, Balde wound up losing his life here in the states, only miles away from his home.
“This guy gave his life for his country and three people throw him on the train. … I lost my boy,” his father added.
The only potentially good news is that local authorities have “very strong leads” on the suspects and thus “expect” to solve his murder.
Family of Mamadou Balde, the man pushed to his death yesterday on the CTA Red Line, identify his body. Police say they have “very strong leads” on the suspects and “expect” his murder will be solved. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/LEjWvgPcDw
— Tonya Francisco (@TonyaFrancisco) April 8, 2020
It helps that CTA surveillance cameras captured what happened. While local authorities haven’t released the footage (nor will they necessarily release it), according to local stations they’ve described the crime itself as particularly brutal.
“Chicago police say Mamadou Balde fell between two cars of a train that was pulling away from the station and was dragged to his death about 5 p.m.,” the Chicago Tribune confirmed.
“Police have identified three people of interest, and at least one of them has been involved in crimes in the Chicago downtown area, according to a law enforcement source. No arrests have been reported.”
Balde’s father is still understandably coming to terms with what happened to his son.
“What type of human being could do this to another human being? Throw him in front of a moving train? I just cannot,” he said in an emotional interview with local station WFLD.
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Balde’s tragic murder comes as Mayor Lightfoot faces increasing backlash over her behavior amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Last weekend she violated her own “stay-at-home” order to obtain a professional haircut. When called out by critics, she defended her actions on the grounds that she’s the “public face” of the city and must therefore look nice.
Days later on Tuesday, she announced that she’d be doling out coronavirus benefits to illegal aliens.
The city of Chicago has launched several programs in order to help residents cope with the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Such initiatives include a coronavirus Housing Assistance Grant program, an online resources program for students through the city’s public schools, and a $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund to help small businesses that are struggling,” reported BizPac Review.
Lightfoot’s order on Tuesday will allow illegal aliens to tap into all of these programs.
The mayor has also been making overtures to the city’s incarcerated criminals. After Cook County Judge Leroy Martin announced plans last month to begin releasing inmates because of the coronavirus pandemic, Lightfoot raised concerns about the inmates’ housing needs.
“I don’t just want them dumped onto the streets into a void and showing up in an emergency room,” she reportedly said in a statement to reporters.
“We don’t need that to happen. If we work hand-in-glove together as we start to see some of that. We will make sure these individuals … have a transition to give them support and security as they are outside the formal jail system.”
As of Friday morning, Lightfoot had not yet commented on Balde’s murder. It’s unclear if she’ll make any overtures to his grieving family.
“I want justice for my son, that’s it,” his dad said to WFLD.
As of Friday, justice had not yet been achieved.
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