Derrion Albert, an honor student, was not part of either gang and, according to witnesses, was trying to help a friend and got caught in the crosshairs.
He was trying to help and was beaten to death.
In her speech in Copenhagen today, First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her "dear friend" and "chit-chat buddy" Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow's visit by President Obama, is a "sacrifice" on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States. "As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days," the first lady told a crowd of people involved in the Chicago project, "so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home."
An honor student trying to keep a mob from beating a friend and giving his life as a result is a sacrifice. Flying first class to Denmark and staying in 4-star hotels is not.