Actress Gabrielle Union sent out a tweet from her Twitter page chastising the national news media for devoting headlines to the dead panda in Washington rather than the victims who lost their lives to street violence in Chicago over the weekend.

The panda was found dead Sunday morning and the staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. are said to be “heartbroken” over the loss of the animal.

But real life reality, a 14-year-old honor student lost his life to street violence in a Chicago Suburbs over the weekend.

Dajae Coleman was shot to death while walking home from a party less than a mile from home, police said, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The boy’s father, Richard Coleman, gave Dajae permission to go to the party. He was to call his father for a ride home. “How you gonna tell a kid with good grades, star basketball player, ‘No, you can’t go out?’” Richard Coleman said. “The last thing he said to me was, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna call you, Dad.’ (He) never called.”


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  1. Memorial Fund Established for the Family of Dajae Coleman
    Evanston Township High School has set up a memorial fund to accept donations on behalf of Dajae Coleman’s family to help defray funeral expenses and to support the family during this difficult time. Donations can be made in three ways:
    · · By mail: Check or money order payments may be mailed to:
    Evanston Township High School
    ATTN: Dajae Coleman Memorial Fund
    1600 Dodge Avenue
    Evanston, IL 60201
    All checks or money orders should be made out to “ETHS District 202.” Please write “Dajae Coleman” in the notes section of your check or money order.
    · Online: Payments can be made through the ETHS website using a credit or debit card at
    All donations to this memorial fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations will be accepted through October 31, 2012. For more information, contact the ETHS District 202 Business Office at 847-424-7100.

  2. THATS RIGHT GABBY , I AGREE WITH YOU.. HOW THE HECK IS A PANDA MORE NEWS WORTHY THAN A YOUNG KIDS LIFE.. THAts why i hate themedia ..they are racist, one sided and really want to bring out all the bad about blks…

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