Memorial for slain 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee destroyed in fire

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - The alley memorial for murdered 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was destroyed in a fire early Sunday in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

Firefighters responded to a garage fire about 3 a.m in the 2000 block of West 80th Street, Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Walter Schroeder said. The memorial for Tyshawn — which included several candles — was located next to the garage.

Nobody was injured in the blaze, according to Chicago Police.

Schroeder said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The memorial was erected after the fourth-grader was lured into the alley and gunned down Nov. 2, police said. Chicago Police have executed several search warrants in the investigation and a $54,600 reward has been offered for any information leading to an arrest.

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