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Horace Lorenzo Anderson is demanding answers about the death of his son in Seattle’s “CHOP” zone.
The grieving father expressed his anger with Seattle government officials and law enforcement in a raw interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, revealing that nearly two weeks after Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr. was shot and killed, still no one has reached out to him.
(Source: Fox News)
“To this day they still haven’t called me right now,” Anderson, who was joined on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” by community activist and Not This Time founder Andre Taylor, said Wednesday.
“I’ve been on TV. They still haven’t called me. Nobody has called me. They haven’t reached out to be like, ‘My condolences.’ Nothing,” the distraught father shared.
The 19-year-old, who had just graduated the day before, was one of two people shot on June 20 at the edge of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone. The other person shot was a 33-year-old man who was wounded and treated in the hospital. Anderson, who died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, was shot just after 2 a.m. but police reportedly could not get to him in the area.
His father told Hannity that when he arrived at the hospital after receiving the news, there were no police officers there to speak with him and no one from the press was asking any questions. He was visibly emotional as he related that he is still waiting for Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan or anyone else to speak with him.
“They need to come talk to me and somebody needs to come tell me something, because I still don’t know nothing,” Anderson said in the more than 30-minute interview. “Somebody needs to come to my house and knock on my door and tell me something. I don’t know nothing. All I know is my son got killed up there.
“They say, ‘He’s just a 19-year-old.’ No, that’s Horace Lorenzo Anderson [Jr.]. That’s my son, and I loved him,” he said.
“I understand Black Lives Matter and everything that’s going on,” Anderson said at one point in the interview. “But that’s not my movement right now. My movement is [to] let them know that was my son.”
He recounted how he found out that his son was shot, and that there was no official contact with law enforcement or city leaders then or now.
“The only way I found out was just two of his friends, just two friends that just happened to be up there and they came and told me,” he told Hannity.
“They weren’t even from Seattle. Now, mind you, I haven’t heard — the police department, they never came …” he continued. “Someone should’ve came and knocked on my door and … should’ve been, like, coming to talk to me and let me know about my son. To this day, I really don’t know nothing. I’m still here sitting. I don’t know nothing.”
With so many questions and facing his son’s burial on Thursday, Anderson related how he is “numb” and how he and his family members have been unable to sleep.
“I still don’t know what’s going on,” he said.
“I’m hearing from YouTube. I don’t know nothing. All I know is my son is dead. I’m still trying to figure out answers so I can sleep. I don’t sleep. My kids don’t sleep. I can’t even stay at home. My kids, they feel like they are unsafe at home. I’ve been buying motel rooms and I don’t have that type of money. I wasn’t prepared for this,” Anderson explained.
“My son needed help, and I don’t feel like they helped my son,” he said of law enforcement. “My son needed help, and I don’t feel like they helped my son … I feel like he doesn’t — without this, he would just be nobody. He’s just — it doesn’t matter, he’s just another guy. Just another child, just swept up under the rug and that’s it and forgotten about.”
Describing the agonizing realization that he won’t see his son again made Hannity visibly emotional as well.
“I wake up in the morning … I look for my son in the morning. He’s not there no more. You know I’m saying? It’s like I go in there, I’m kissing a picture. He’s not there,” the father said, sharing how he has been robbed of a future with his son.
“You’re taking away generations,” he said. “You’re taking away our youth. You are taking away, my son never had a chance to have another child. My grandbaby would never be … that’s a generation taken from me.”
Despite the tragedy, Anderson told Hannity he is “being a Christian now, in my heart.”
“Everything is in God’s hands now,” he said. “God’s going to take care of it, I feel like … God is going to take care of me and he is going to take care of my son.”
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