The gang life certainly takes its toll not only on society, but on the individual as well. The latest in the long list of proving just that, a girl, Gakirah Barnes, was recently gunned down in Chicago as her life in a gang lasted only three short years.
Barnes is known by many names on the streets ranging from “Tyquanassassin” to, “Tookaville’kirah” and is speculated to have participated in her first killing around the age of 14-years-old. Now if you ask her mother however, she’d be the first to explain that Barns, “was liked by everyone,” who, “just wanted to protect everybody.”
Her social media accounts prove otherwise though.
Some think that Barnes was involved in a total of 20 gang-related deaths in her three short years after joining up with a group called the St. Lawrence Boys or the Fly Boy Gang. One of the members, 15-year-old Shondale ‘Tooka’ Gregory, was gunned down back in January 2011, prompting the group to change their name to the, “Tooka gang,” and their territory became known as, “Tookaville.”
Barnes reportedly changed her facebook name to “Tookaville’ kirah” and is thought to have been responsible for the death of a man named Odee Perry, just eight months later at 14-years-old. Although police never thought of Barnes as a suspect a member of the rival gang wrote on Twitter, “lol so odee was killed by a girl smh [shaking my head].”
Barnes was effected quite a bit after a 13-year-old boy by the name of Tyquan Tyler was struck by a stray bullet from a rival gang member. During that time, Barnes later told the Chicago Tribune, “I held him in my arms on the sidewalk and talked to him while he was fighting for his life.”
Once again, the traumatic event showed up in Barnes social media as she changed her Twitter handle to, “Tyquanassassin.” She later wrote, “Tyquan supposed 2 Be hear wit me But instead Lil bro ended up 6 feet under a million miles away.”
The gang eventually released a rap video titled, “Murda,” as record producers had recently portrayed interest in rappers that were actually living the criminal life. Barnes is seen in the video at one point holding a pistol.
Shortly after the video was released, a 30-year-old man by the name of Mario ‘Blood Money’ Hess was shot dead leaving social media boasting that Barnes was the “hitta,” on April 9. The next day, she posted saying, “u Nobody until Somebody kill u dats jst real Shyt.”
At the same time, a fellow Tooka, Raason ‘Lil B’ Shaw, was shot and killed by police after pulling a gun while trying to flee. Barnes once again took to social media to express her frustration writing, “NO SURRENDER LIL B.”
Ironically, just a few days before her death, on April 10 she wrote, “I Dne seen 2 many of my ni–az n a casket…In da end we DIE.”
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Just one day later, Barnes was walking down the street to a friend’s house where hooded gunman approached her and opened fire. At about 3:30 p.m., the 17-year-old was, “shot a reported nine times in the chest, neck and jaw,” according to the mail online.
It truly is amazing how drastic the cut is on life expectancy the second you join in a gang. So what do you guys think about this? Let us know by leaving a comment below.