Janet Grant said her 18-year-old nephew, would be mentally scarred by the hours of torture he endured where he was bound, beaten, cut, burned and forced to drink from a toilet.
The ordeal started after the 18-year-old victim was taken from a McDonald’s restaurant in Streamwood on New Year’s Eve.
The boy’s captors, and what he thought were his friends, eventually made financial demands to his parents via text message.
A short while later, the disturbing Facebook live-stream video emerged showing the victim being tortured, beaten and forced to drink out of toilet.
The victim’s aunt said that he has been unable to talk about the attack other than to repeatedly ask why his friend had done this to him.
Grant said, “[The victim] just keeps saying, ‘Why, why? Jordan was my friend. He’s been my friend for a couple of years.'”
“They went to school together, they both had problems. He adores Jordan. I don’t know Jordan but [the victim] really liked him. It’s one thing if they didn’t know each other but [the victim] idolized him,” she continued.
“He’s got enough problems already. They put cigarette butts out on his head, cut a hole in his scalp. Once they took him to Chicago, he had no meds for four days. He couldn’t even fight back. Physically he’ll heal but mentally…he’ll always be looking over his shoulder. Probably won’t trust anybody. ”
Grant also expressed how the victims mom felt about the situation saying, “[He’s] a good boy. He would give you the shirt off his back. His mom didn’t like him hanging out but [he] would say, “‘that’s my friend, that’s my friend.'”
The victim’s aunt relayed that the family was doing “terrible” since the attack, saying that she was unsure if any of the family would attend the suspects’ first court appearance on Friday afternoon in Chicago.
“I don’t even know if my brother’s going – everyone is having a hard time dealing with it,” she said.
Chicago Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson, said of the situation:
“The actions in that video are reprehensible. That along with racism have absolutely no place in the city of Chicago or anywhere else for that matter, against anyone regardless of their race, gender, state of mental health or any other identifying factor.”
Brittany Covington, 18; her sister Tanisha Covington, 24; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; and Jordan Hill, 18, have been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery and a hate crime.
The victim and Hill knew each other from attending the same school in Aurora, Illinois.
The four friends, who have expressed no remorse for their alleged part in the torture, will appear in court today for a bond hearing.
H/T: The Daily Mail
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