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Victims’ Son: Use Social Media Against Violence

By Don Babwin

This undated family photo provided Thursday Dec. 12, 2013 by Garrard McClendon shows McClendon posing for a photo. McClendon was a local television talk-show host in 2009 when he was told his elderly parents had been shot to death during a burglary of their home. Now an assistant professor of education at Chicago State University, he is calling on the cityís high-tech community to develop a social media program that can help reduce the Chicago areaís violence problem. He envisions an app where people could warn of impending flashpoints _ just as some gang members use social media to brag about their criminal exploits _ but also to inspire young people to have hope and do good. (AP Photo/Victor Powell, Courtesy of Garrard McClendon)


CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) – Garrard McClendon was a local television talk-show host in 2009 when he was told his elderly parents had been shot to death during a burglary of their home.

Now an assistant professor of education at Chicago State University, he is calling on the city’s high-tech community to develop a social media program that can help reduce the Chicago area’s violence problem. He envisions an app where people could warn of impending flashpoints – just as some gang members use social media to brag about their criminal exploits – but also to inspire young people to have hope and do good.

His parents, Milton and Ruby McClendon, were killed on the weekend they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. Burglars had bound and gagged them as they ransacked their home, then shot them before leaving their bodies in a forest preserve. Ultimately, two teenagers were sentenced to 120 years in prison.

McClendon, who publicly forgave them, says detectives told him up to 10 people may have known about the burglary plan beforehand.

McClendon first raised his social media idea in a column for Crain’s Chicago Business, and discussed it further with The Associated Press. Here are edited excerpts of the conversation:

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