The Story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer still haunts Chicago.Maybe its because of an 11 year old life being a killer,and being killed the same week?http://messymandella.com/2012/05/18/the-death-of-robert-yummy-sandifer/However, the killers were the Hardaway Brothers,Derrick 14 Cragg 16.These brothers are still in prison for the murder of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer.However, they were also kids that were told by the leader of Black Gangsta Disciples to get rid of “Yummy.” They told the 11-year-old they were going to take him to a spot, because the local news and the police were looking for “Yummy” was wanted for the murder of Shavon Dean. Cragg and Derrick had to kill him.The murdering boys never had a chance to live,flourish, or contribute anything to society.
“Yummy” was wanted,and he wanted his mommy.He used a phone to call his grandmother Janie Fields, and 2 hours later he was gone, forever. See they were 3 little boys that were influenced by an adult piece of shit, that used them for his own financial needs. There are many Derrick and Cragg’s in prison right now.Everything you do, trust, there are little “Yummy’s”, Cragg’s, and Derrick’s studying your every move. I am convinced love and admiration were the reason “Yummy” trusted them.These brother’s feared death penalty.However, a plea to live was given to these brothers. Who would take it all back if they could?
Poor Janie Fields thought she could get to “Yummy” in time. Her older neighbor told her he was going to wait for her to come get him.Janie packed his clothes up and traveled the neighborhood looking for her grandson. When she reached the house he called from, she thought it was a prank. The lady assured her that “Yummy” was there on her porch. He was waiting for his Grandmother, that he called “mom”. Yes, he was there,but left for his last ride.Not having any positive men in his life, he assumed the Hardaway boys were going to help him.
Instead , they took “Yummy” to a Pedestrian tunnel and shot him in his head twice.There is a noticeable cut on his face at his funeral where the bullet ended his life. The murder was a travesty because of the two lost lives that were also manipulated for gang violence. These boys were also still children.
Now, the question is why did these boys get manipulated into ruining their lives forever? They wanted to belong,and followed by example. All three children lost their lives on that day. Scared little boys admitted they did kill their friend.However, the man who ordered the hit could not be found. Some argue that they knew what they were doing. Well, the decisions you thought were right back in the day,seem stupid now.Life as you know, can change with a blink of an eye. “Yummy” was on a porch, and later riding in the back of the car hiding with his older “BGD” Members,to his own execution. These are the killers of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer” and this can serve as an example.”Yummy” died too soon,but at least his story lives for decades to come. I hope it saves someone’s life.
Derrick didn’t have an education. 2 months out of elementary school, never even entered High School. When asked about the murder Derrick stated, “The 14-year-old was blind…hardheaded know it all that had dreams of becoming a drug dealer.”The gang violence that seems glamourized by some of our favorite rappers,hides the fact of the “Yummy’s”, and lest us not forget Shavon Dean’s,that are collateral damage.
There are parties and events that I won’t go to(They think I anti-social),because of shooting and fighting.It never fails, someone starts shooting.Bullets have no name. If I pack to go somewhere, I don’t pack a gun.Knowing that many shoot outs happen at parties and events I stay away.My life is too precious. Children killing and becoming killers seem to be a cycle in many impoverished and urban neighborhoods.
Why should we care about something that happened so long ago? We’ll it is still happening. Everyone failed these boys in life,and they had the wrong people raising them,and awful examples of men.These children were lost and alone,and it made it easy to manipulate them. I can’t even imagine being in prison since 1996, or 1997.That is not my reality. However, it sadly is, for Cragg and Derrick Hardaway. How can you help save the lives of little children? Let them know the story of “Yummy”.Some mothers took off early for work to see the open casket of Robert”Yummy” Sandifer. They dragged their scared kids by their side to witness what could happen to them. They knew this life was a prime example of what can happen when you join gangs,and lead a life of crime. How long are we going to pretend that every cause does not have an effect?We have to lead by example. We have to stand together,and even if Yummy gives you nightmares.Remember his 11-year-old life on earth was a nightmare. I have pledged to help young men and women know their self-worth. We can start programs, or take 10 minutes, to let a child know we want them to have the best.Ten months before his death during his psychological exam at a state-run shelter for children, Robert “Yummy” Sandifer was asked to complete this sentence: “I am very . . .”
His answer: “sick.”