President Trump offered a phone call of support to the family of Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., a teen killed in Seattle’s “CHOP” zone, the mourning relatives told Fox News Thursday.
Anderson was fatally shot in the early hours of June 20 at the edge of the roughly six-block autonomous zone known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest.
Trump phoned the family for a seven-minute call after watching Anderson’s father, also named Horace Lorenzo, during an emotional appearance on “Hannity” Wednesday night, his friend and family spokesman Andre Taylor, told Fox News.
“We just talked to the president of the United States,” Taylor said. “How are you going to top that?”
Taylor said the president offered condolences and kind words for the family.
“He said he watched ‘Hannity’ last night, and told Horace, ‘Your son is looking down on you and watching over you,’” Taylor recounted. “He was incredibly gracious, and it gave Horace some extra help as he buried his son.”
Anderson Sr. said 10 days had gone by before he heard from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, who had called the family on Wednesday before Trump dialed in on his own. The family is still waiting on details around the teen’s death.
The tragedy was followed by a second fatal shooting near the zone on June 29 — when Antonio Mays Jr., 16, was gunned down. Two more victims were injured in the shootings, as well.
The gunfire finally moved Durkan on Wednesday to order police to disband the cop-free space that had formed more than two weeks ago in protest of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.
“Enough is enough,” Durkan said Wednesday. “The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings — two fatal — robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes have occurred in this several block area. ”
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