Horace Lorenzo Anderson Sr., whose son was fatally shot inside the Capitol Hill Organized Protest occupation zone, said the only public figure who’s reached out to him since his son’s death is President Donald Trump.
Anderson said he still doesn’t know who killed his son, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., who went to CHOP in the early hours of June 20.
“Incredibly, Donald Trump called me,” Anderson, 50, told Fox News affiliate Q13 outside the funeral home in Kent, California, where his son was buried Thursday. “The president of the United States called me today. He gave his condolences, and me, I’m not a political guy. I told him, ‘Nobody like you.’ I’m real. Donald Trump called me and he didn’t have to call me.”
After the younger Anderson and another victim were shot at Cal Anderson Park, police were called into the zone but were met with crowds of hostile protesters (video) as they attempted to enter and clear a path for paramedics to treat and transport Anderson. Instead, so-called CHOP medics drove the gunshot victims to Harborview Medical Center. When officers arrived at the hospital, they were informed that Anderson had died and the second victim had sustained life-threatening injuries.
“I haven’t been able to sleep. I wake up in the middle of the night. I go look for him. He ain’t there,” Anderson said of his son, who unbeknownst to him had left their house that night to go to CHOP with friends.
Anderson told media that he hadn’t received a call from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, black leaders, the Seattle Police Department or the CHOP protesters who witnessed his son’s murder.
While Durkan hadn’t called Anderson, she had referenced the killings of his son and that of a 16-year-old who was fatally shot by CHOP security when they reportedly fired “300 rounds” at a Jeep the teen had driven into barricades at the zone. A 14-year-old passenger was also wounded in the incident.
Durkan, who was criticized for allowing lawlessness to continue inside CHOP and accused of only taking decisive action to clear the area after protesters demonstrated outside her home, issued an executive order to shut down CHOP last Wednesday.
Police Chief Carmen Best told Q13 that she would be reaching out to Anderson’s family and looking into why he hadn’t been personally contacted by anyone at the department. Best explained that standard procedure is that the medical examiner contacts the next of kin and the police department’s victims’ advocate unit reach out to the victim’s family to assist them after their loved one’s death.
In his first national TV interview, held with Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity Wednesday night, Anderson broke down in tears as he described how his impressionable son was easily convinced to go to CHOP despite the risks. He also expressed the heartache he feels knowing his son’s killer is still on the loose.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Melissa Barnhart