The Irate Ex

A 911 came in on Tues. AM and reported that Elena Anderson’s “irate ex-boyfriend” was in her apartment.

Elena Anderson, 27, had a previous relationship with Deandre Crawford, 28. They shared an 18month old son. But the relationship ended and both moved on to new relationships.

Elena Anderson had a boyfriend, and they too had a child, this time a little girl just born Dec. 24. In addition Elena Anderson had two other children from a previous relationship and those children live with their father. Elena Anderson’s current boyfriend moved in with her just 3 months ago. Elena Anderson grew up in the 4 unit apartment building she lived in, and three of the four units were occupied by her relatives.

Reports indicate that Crawford and Anderson had recently had problems over the custody of their little boy. News reports indicate that on Tues. Crawford got a ride to Anderson’s apartment. Police believe that Elena Anderson let Crawford into the apartment as there was no forced entry.

A second call came in reporting a shooting at the apartment. Police have said that Elena Anderson and her current boyfriend both made calls.

It is believed that Elena Anderson and Crawford were arguing when the current boyfriend walked in on it. Crawford chased the current boyfriend into a bedroom firing 5 shots. The current boyfriend was struck in the face and chest. It is believed that Crawford then went back to the living room and fired at Elena Anderson striking her in the chest. Reportedly Crawford then fled the home.

When police arrived they found Elena Anderson and her current boyfriend shot. Elena Anderson was able to tell them that

“My oldest baby’s daddy, Deandre Crawford, shot me in the chest,”

According to the prosecutor, Crawford walked about a block from the apartment and was allegedly picked up by his current girlfriend.

Elena Anderson and the current boyfriend were both taken to the hospital where Elena Anderson later was pronounced dead. The current boyfriend has been reported in critical condition and is reported to be paralyzed from the waist down. The children were in the apartment in a bedroom at the time of the shooting, but were reported to be unharmed.

Police were able to locate Crawford and take him into custody, He has been charged with one count each of murder in the first degree and attempted murder. Bail was denied at his arraignment hearing.

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“Custody Issues.” Somehow I always find that term ironic in domestic deaths. If convicted he won’t get custody of his son now, he won’t even get additional time with him. As a matter of fact, if the child is in need of his assistance- he won’t be available for him. Many times the term “custody issues” is used to describe disputes over child support. And the shooting may settle that. He won’t have to pay child support to Elena Anderson now, he won’t be paying anyone support. His child will be growing up motherless, and essentially fatherless. Dependent on other family and/or possibly the state for his support.

Two children in the home, reported as being ages 18 months and just over one month old. Most likely they heard the raised voices, most likely the sounds of shooting scared them. They are too young to know that their lives have changed. Too young to know that they will never see the woman they knew as Mom again, to young to even remember what it felt like to have a mother. Two other children will remember. Most likely they will both remember the last time they saw her, talked to her. But now she is forever gone for them also.

Crawford reportedly worked in a hospital escorting patients and he was also attending college. He was majoring in Criminal Justice.

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92 Comments

  1. ruff ryders member said,

    February 19, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    he should be given a fair trail..who knows why he snapped…god bless them all..

  2. ruff ryders member said,

    February 19, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    and he was a very nice respectable young man..always smiling..

  3. Family member said,

    February 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Ur article makes some great points about how this effects both families. Alaina’s family and our family wont be either. We both lost someone special. I dont think DeAndre will be able to get a fair trial because of the spin and bias that the reporters have put on the story. From what i read my brother is already convicted. What happened to innocent until proven guilty. Guess that doesnt apply to young black men from Englewood.

  4. February 22, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Family member, that is a very racist comment. And it is really out of place here. Neither Elena Anderson nor her current boyfriend were shot because of their race or age. Elena Anderson did not name the person who shot her because of his race or age. And DeAndre is not accused because of his race or age.

    In court DeAndre will be presumed innocent until proven guilty. And the determination of guilty or innocence won’t be based on his race or his age, it will be based on the evidence.However this isn’t court. And everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    I can agree with you that what happened will affect all three families to a great degree. Elena’s family will be grieving and trying to cope with losing her, never seeing her again, never hearing her speak. The bf’s family will be coping with his hospitalization, with his grief, with the disabilities he suffers from the shooting. And DeAndre’s family will be coping with seeing him go on trial, and if he is convicted with having to make an appointment to see him. But if he is convicted, they will still be able to see him and hear from him if they wish. He also won’t be struggling to support himself and have a life from a wheelchair.

    Any more racist comments will be deleted.

  5. a friend said,

    February 23, 2008 at 5:01 am

    I worked with Dre so I know of the issues going on with him and the custody of his son. It had nothing to do with child support as the writer of this article seems to believe. You do have some fathers that take care of their children. You people are writing about something u know nothing about. Fyi Dre was raising his son. And why would who ever wrote this article make the comment that the shooting may have settled the child support issues. What kind of B S is that?! Dre should have handled the situation in a different manner, he let his emotions take over. This is a sad story, and its much deeper than many know, but that still was no reason for Dre to do what he did. His fate now is resting in the Lord’s hands. I will keep everyone involved in this situation in my prayers.

  6. aunt and uncle of Elena Anderson said,

    March 2, 2008 at 8:48 am

    What makes people think that killing people is alright. I have lost someone very dear to me. And the only thing i read from the Crawford family is about a race issue. It was not about race. It was about a man playing God. A man that thought to himself if I cant have you no one will. That was a black on black crime and i feel that the shooter and his partner in crime should get everything that is do them.
    Deandre convicted himself when he shot my niece in cold blood. He had plan and thought that he could get away with it. But God made sure his plan would be foiled.

  7. Uncle said,

    March 2, 2008 at 8:55 am

    A plan, is just what DeArde Crawford did. He plan to take a mother from her children and her family. Crawford plan worked but dont let it work in the court of the law.

  8. Elena's Brother Daniel said,

    March 2, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Their is no words that could explain the heartache,restless nights, crying,and the one question why?No words can explain the anger, regret of not being there to protect her, and disbelief. I had to bury my sister last saturday. i have to look her kids in the face everyday and know they will never get to know her like i have. They will never get to show her a report card ,she wont see them graduate from school,get married, or see her grandchildren. Did you know she was Happy? Did you know she was getting her life in order financially, spiritually, and emotionally? Did you know she was the sweetest sister anyone could ask for.I prayed for Deandre, i really did, but i still feel upset. He is a theif and a coward for doing something like that to anyone especially a woman like her.He took away a sister, a daughter,a mother,a wife, a friend, and a out right angel from everyone she came in touch with.He does not love my nephew like he says he does or he wouldnt have took away his sons mother and his self. His son will never get to know his father side of the family now, His son wont be able to play ball with him or talk of the birds and bees. He (Deandre Crawford) not only stole from his son but also stole from himself,Only God can forgive him in the way i cannot.
    Sincerely, Daniel ( Hurt)

  9. Elena's Best Friend said,

    March 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I’m still in disbelief how could someone just take someone’s else’s life, and to the Crawford family how could yall make comments trying to flip the story around when yall dont know it yall selves evidently DeAndre didnt love his son if he took away someone he loved dearly, he doesn’t hear his cries at night wishing his mother was there to comfort him. Maybe God would shed some light on him and forgive him but i wont.

  10. A COUSIN OF DEANDRE said,

    March 5, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    It’s tough to see someone you love and care about go through this.When it seems everybody has passed their judgement!?!? From ONE BAD DEICISION you can get labeled for the of your life!!(GUILTY or NOT) And if he is GUILTY he will be the first to suffer.Please don’t get me wrong I FEEL for ELENA and her CURRENT BOYFRIEND and their FAMILIES!!! I’M SORRY that a bad relationship problems couldn’t be resolved and things ended on a good note.

    “FREE DEANDRE”

  11. A AUNT OF DEANDRE said,

    March 6, 2008 at 2:29 am

    All in a but for custody i lost a great nephew.A nephew that is loving,caring, sweet,a great father!!!and would give you the shirt off his back,if you needed it… It HURT to see ELENA’S family members say how DEANDRE’S and ELENA’S
    son WILL NEVER get to know his FATHER’S side of his FAMILY… When that’s not the problem at hand!!!WE on this side of the baby’s FAMILY will AIWAYS LOVE, and CARE for him,and he is ALWAYS WELCOME!!!! I deeply regret that ELENA’S family lost a WONDERFUL SOUL there is NOTHING in the world to replace her!!!!! But on the other hand we (DEANDRE”S FAMILY) WE lost a WONDERFUL SOUL as well!!!!

  12. March 6, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Cousin, I really don’t know what to say. I can understand that what happened came as a shock to you. But you seem to have difficulty understanding that that “bad decision” ended the life of one person, and forever changed the life of another. They didn’t get a chance to make that “one bad decision” of their own, or to do any of those last minute things that people often want to do when they know they are going to die. Elena didn’t get a chance to raise her children, didn’t even have a chance to tell them how much she loved them. I do agree it is tough to see someone go through this, I know it can be very traumatic for the families who have lost someone or had someone who will most likely never walk again. You seem to have a problem accepting that Deandre might have done this. But I have a question to ask you. Do you really thing that a woman who had been shot, was in shock and dying….would have the time and the forsight to make up a story that would implicate her ex…. and at the expense of letting her own killer go free?

    Aunt, yes this is going to make some changes for you and for your family, and I am sure some of those changes are going to be traumatic. Instead of Deandre dropping in to see you, you will have to visit him on visiting day. And instead of just getting a call from Deandre, you will have to agree to accept the charges. And instead of regular face to face contact, you may have to adjust to letter exchanges.

    But that is all a stark contrast to going to visit and seeing only a head stone and a plot of dirt.

  13. A Prayer from Detroit said,

    March 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    I have known DeAndre my whole life, we grew up together. I want to first say to the Anderson family that my prayers are with them. This is a sad story for everybody, because DeAndre and Elena son will miss out on the love from Both his parents. To the Anderson family I think yall are being to critical of DeAndre. The million dollar question is WHY would anybody commit such a crime? DeAndre was a good father despite the allegations against him. I only have a few things I want people to consider: IF Elena was such a loving and devoted mother why was DeAndre taking care of there son for over a year with little to no help from her or the Anderson family? Why doesn’t Elena have custody of ALL her children? Everybody wants to pass judgment on DeAndre and what he’s “accused of” NOT “convicted of”…… The real issue is what happens now. There are 4 more children who lost there mother, 4 more children who’s a victim of a violent crime, and 4 more children in this world that will never feel the love of BOTH there parents. I dont think its fair to say he didn’t love his son. DeAndre does LOVE his son, maybe not the way you think he should. But he (DeAndre) was there when he got his first teeth, started crawling, took his first steps, and said his first words. He was there when his son was sick and in the hospital…..He was there!!!

  14. Aunt of Elena said,

    March 8, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Apply behind the aunt of Deandre. She is trying to make this crime a custody issue when it is not, Deandre had his child just as much as Elena did. The Crawford family wants to paint this great picture that Deandre was this loving and kind person. Where was the love when he cut my niece down? Where was the kindness and loving father when he took his son’s mother away from him. Crawford (Deandre) was only thinking about himself. So I say to the Crawford family Deandre put you all in this mess so blame him (Deandre)and not Elena. You may love him but I can not wait until i see him pay for his crime.

  15. aunt of elena said,

    March 9, 2008 at 2:00 am

    the nerve of you people, you havent lost a thing but your minds. deandre has the rest of his life! we are only left with memories. the things you say shows me how he was brought up to think that ,because you dont realize that she is never comming back to us and it is because of him. you worry that he is going to jail,what about elena ?you dont worry about what he done to her.this precious kind man as you say shot her in cold blood with his child in the house. that is a sad piece of man as a matter of fact that is not a man. i think that its something wrong with you if you condone what he did. you should think about what if it was your daughter or son that was murdered and their family made lite of you think long and hard before you compair your so called loss to mine

  16. Aunt of Elena said,

    March 10, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Commenting behind Mr praying man from Detroit. How can you said we are being critical of Deandre. We and not being critical we are in mourning over the lost of a love one. We never said once that he (Deandre) was not a good father to his child. We only stated that he (Deandre) didn’t care about his child because Deandre took his mother away from him. Lets look at this ten years from now. That child is suppose to go to his father and say I’m really glad to see you dad. I’m glad that you left me without a mother and a father. You was so loving when you killed my mother. That was a very caring act. Elena and Deandre took great care of their son together. Mr praying man and by the way while you are trying to paint this great loving picture of (Deandre) Elena had to pay him to baby sit his own son while she worked. Only thing he had to do is go to school and collect his once a month pay check from the government. And by the way keep your prayers for your family because we don’t need that kind of prayer. We have better prayers for our family and Ron’s family. You just keep that prayer for your own family. PS All readers of this Mr praying man is trying to paint a loving and caring picture of him (Deandre). This is what I want to ask Mr (edited per HSH) (praying man) since he (Deandre)is so loving to his children why wasn’t he in his other child life. (Mad as hell)

  17. The Mother Of Elena Anderson said,

    March 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I cannot possibly express the the pain, sorrow, disbelief and emptiness i’m living with because of the loss of my daughter Elena! It’s heart breaking to hear Elena’s and Deandre’s 18 month old son ask for, “baby”, (he called his mother that, because he always heard Ron call her baby), and not know what to say to him! Murder Is Not LOVE!!!!! If Deandre was a man that truely loved his son, he wouldn’t have murdered his son’s mother! He played judge, jury, executioner and God over the life of my daughter and her fiancee!
    This loving man with the “Great Smile” and “would give you the shirt off his back, took it upon himself to ruin not only his and his son’s life, but the lives of his immediate family, my family, and her fiancee’s family! His, “bad decision”, was the act of MURDER!!!! Not like the bad decisions of the average smoe! Ron, Deandre and Elena’s Children, (my grands) are in my prayers, as I have already forgiven Deandre for taking Elena’s life!!!

  18. A Prayer from Detroit said,

    March 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I’m NOT trying to defend DeAndre for what he is “ACCUSED of” not “CONVICTED”. I just don’t think its fair that he has been CONVICTED before he has been to trial. I thought you were innocent until PROVEN guilty. If he is guilty for this crime I believe he should be punished JUSTLY not unfairly.

  19. aunt of elena said,

    March 11, 2008 at 2:46 am

    i really dont care about how nice you seem to think that deandre is to you,or his smile, or any of that mess. true you should stand by him because he is your family, but you cant justify or condone what he did. the pretty picture that you’re painting is a portrait of a murdrer. elena,s life is over and someone elses is life is forever changed !because of him .this is something that you cant overlook. that is what is important! i dont care why he did this horrible thing.i dont know why i even bother you people just dont seem to get it. you want to blame everyone but him.nothing will change what he did. so get off your soap box .you want to talk about prayers this is mine that they punish to the full extent of the law.

  20. Elena Anderson's Stepfather said,

    March 11, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I am Elena Anderson’s stepfather. Mr. Crawford had no right to take her life! He is not God Himself and in my oppenion he should get the Death Penalty!!! If he’s willing to take a life for some stupid reason, then he should give up his life as well! He took one of my best friends from me! Good, genuine people like Elena is hard to find! And her kids will never get to know their mother! I think it was a tragicdy that her mother had to lose a daughter to a man that thought he had to be both judge and executioner! I’m ordinarily are not in favor of Capital Punishment, but in this case I hope the prosecutor goes for the Death Penalty. Why should he continue to live while my stepdaughter lies asleep in her grave?!?! It just wouldn’t be fair!!!! I hope that Crawford’s parents never have to experience what Elena’s mom had to go through these past days!!!

  21. sister of Elena said,

    March 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Elena ment everything to me.she was the only person who kept me motivated to stay in school and get my Education but now that she’s gone i feel that i cant go on with out her. She was my sister my mother and my friend.She was the only one who made an effort to comfort me through hard times and everyday life.Now so far as deandre crawford i do not no him so Ithink that, I as a person not knowing him cannot put out judgement twards him. But from the looks of it in my eyes he did not care about his son becaus eif he cared he would not have takened thier situatin (Elena and his) into anger and pulled tthe trigger on that gun and put a bullet in my sister’s chest,and took her life away instead he would have done what a human would have done which was to go to court and fight for his son that way.To his familyi understand that the only reason your making him seem like a angel and taking my sister’s life is ok is because he’s your family but what you Crawfords need to understand is that wrong is wrong. How about you look at it from our side of view how would you feel if it was deandre lieing in a grave instead of elena you would have the same thoughts as us.So far as me forgiving him i have forgiving him and may god forgive him for his sin!

    R.I.P Elena
    and we will be together again one day.

    (VERY HEART BROKENED)

  22. sister of Elena said,

    March 12, 2008 at 3:06 am

    To my brother in law ron i am very sorry and i hope to see you soon.
    I just want you to know that i love you and we are all sad to see you in the condition your in. I just thank god that those Bullets didn’t take you life as well.

  23. March 12, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Elena’s family, there are no words to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of Elena. No one should be murdered, and especially no one should ever die at the hands of someone they once cared for and had a child with. What you are going through no family should ever have to go through.

  24. A Prayer from Detroit said,

    March 12, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    My last comment is…I am a single Mother myself and I understand how frustrating it can be to deal with the father of your child at times. I truly understand how it feels to lose someone very close. I didn’t have the pleasure to know Elena very well. I NEVER once said that he shouldn’t be punished IF he’s found GUILTY! I NEVER said it was right or fair to anybody. Someone asked how could anybody do this, all I’m saying is everybody handle stress and frustrations differently, make no mistake “IT’S WRONG” but BAD decisions are made in heat of the moment and unfortunately alot of people are suffering. In the long run there son will suffer the most, and thats something DeAndre has to deal with. My “Prayer” is that the Anderson family as well as Ron family can find the strength to be strong for those kids. I know one day you will have to explain to Elena’s children (including DeAndre and Elena’s son) what happen to there mother and I pray that yall have the strength to do so, as well as help there son deal with it.

    Signed: Misunderstood

  25. friend of Elena's family said,

    March 13, 2008 at 4:11 am

    I am only a friend of the Elena’s family but that will never label what i am now. I am a friend who had to confort the sisters and family members of Elena. How do you try to make things better for a family that just lost a loved one a person that you cant ever get back. Sorry does not cut it for the feeling of a pain of losing someone you love. I had sit with the sisters of Elena night after night trying to confort them as they could not sleep or barley stay sane knowing they will never get their sister back.
    I do not know DeAndre but I do know that I will be helping Elena’s family raise those children and do everything i can so they are ok. But how does a grandmother or an aunt explain to those children that mommy isnt comming home.
    Only God can decide where your life goes now but DeAndre know that you didnt just hurt your family but you hurt thousands of people that had to hear this news on the tv in the newspaper and on the internet. things will never be the same for so many people who have to live their life without a hearted soul that just wanted to get life back together….

  26. friend of Elena's family said,

    March 13, 2008 at 5:39 am

    i am also a friend of Elenas family that sat night after night doing everything in my power to comfort and make sure that the sisters and the family of Elana new that people loved them and that there was people out there for them.
    i have been involved with Domestic Violence my whole life and there is no reason for it at all the only one that is at fault is the person doing the crime and the heartache. I have seen it time and time agian and yes maybe the family of the perpetaror might have lost someone dear to them but they can still see them and they can still talk to them the family of Elena can not say good morning to her or hug her when they want to because someone took her life. They will never be able to tell there daughter there sister there neice that they love her and that her kids will be taken care if it cant happen and that is wrong. No one should be able to play the role of God and that is what he did the only person should be able to that is God himself. I love the family of Elena more than anything on this planet and i would give them the shirt off my back or the food on my table and they know that. i feel for the perpetrator but in my eyes he is evil and guilty of the crimes he commited and there is no forgivness for soemthing that hanous and that just down right mean.
    I love you guys very much and there will never be anything i can do or say to you guys to get you through your lost times with Elena but i will always be here no matter what happens.

  27. Elena's Cousin said,

    March 13, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Some of the comments that the crawford family is making is irrelevant and actually doesnt mean anything because we all know every one is entitled to a fair trial guilty or not,and just because yall know him as “kind” and all that other nonsense doesnt mean that he wouldnt snap and dont something as stupid to take another person’s life we all loved Elena dearly and she will always be missed and not to point any fingers but all signs point in DeAndre’s direction

  28. Heart Broken from Colorado said,

    March 14, 2008 at 8:02 am

    I’ve known Elena’s family my entire life; her grandmother and my mother were childhood best friends. My sister and I grew up with and even lived with her mother and family for a while. Elena’s family was and still is the most kindest, generous, soft-hearted, lovingest, sweetest, wonderful people I’ve ever met–I love them very much and would give them the world. They are the kind of people who will love, accept, and care for anybody that is in need.

    When I was a child/teenager, they came to my rescue many times when I walked the streets at night (to get away) when my mom was a drug addict. I could come over at 2am in the morning on a weekday, and no matter who answered the door, I always received a welcoming smile, a warm blanket, a meal, etc; they are just that type of people. I feel like I would not have the type of life I have today if it was not for Alena’s family. They are the type that takes care of their own and not only take care of, but adopts friends/people in need. They are the epitomy of REAL/TRUE LOVE (Agope love).

    Why does it seem like such bad things always happen to really GOOD people? Only God knows. I knew Elena when she was just a child and all I can remember is her big beautiful smile and her warm heart; she reminded me so much of her mother, who is a bundle of joy and an angel at heart (I consider her one of my big sisters).

    As for DeAndre’s friends and family, I’m sure this is a difficult time for you too and I pray for the healing of your hearts and for the protection of DeAndre. However, regardless of what happened, how it happened, or what caused it, would it be so hard just to APOLOGIZE and to sympathize with Alena’s family and their loss. I understand you want to do all you can to protect DeAndre, but do it have to be at the expense of hurting others– some of the things that were said were extremely insensitive and you wonder why Alena’s family is lashing out. Like they said, turn the situation around and you would most likely expect them to show some type of empathy.

    If DeAndre was a child and he hit someone with a rock (bad decision), as good parents/aunts/friends, you would make him go and apologize (regardless of the situation) because it would be considered inappropriate behavior. The only good thing you can do right now is to at least apologize for his behavior; this might not lessen the pain that Alena’s family is currently feeling, but it would at least resolve some of the anomosity that is being portrayed in this blog, plus it would also be the RIGHT and Christian thing to do. What you are hearing from Alena’s family is not hate–it is hurt. I know an apology will not bring Elena back, but it will at least show that you appreciated her life enough to acknowledge that a wrong was committed by your loved one.

    We must love on one another not fuel the fire with insensitive and unapologetic comments and excuses–everyone is hurting in this situation. Love is the key. My prayers go out to EVERYONE that has been affected by this situation (all three families and friends). We may not want to accept it, but no matter how this happened, God knew exactly when Elena’s spirit was going to leave this Earth and join him in heaven. We shouldn’t only focus solely on the situation, but instead try to figure out what can be learned from this mishap and how it can possibly be turned into something positive.

    My deepest condolences goes out to my second family. I love you all with all of my heart, soul, spirit, and mind. Stay encouraged and don’t let no one or nothing steal your joy, love, and the compassion you have for others. ~K

  29. Uncle Thomas said,

    March 15, 2008 at 9:09 am

    There is no more need to be said, You said It all [Heart Broken from Colorado]. God is in this, can one pull wood from a burning fire and not get burned? Ask God

  30. MSP said,

    March 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    This whole situation is the result of 2 parents who loved a little boy, but where both hurt by each other. I know first hand what went on before this horrible crime was committed. I did not know Elena (RIP) personally, but I was in a relationship with DeAndre. I know he was hurting because he could not care for his son. I know that he was trying to get him back the right. I also know that he talked about foolish ways of getting him back. I did my best to provide him with wise counsel, but in the end, he took matters into his own hands. My heart truly hurts because of this situation. There were four children that no longer have a mother. There are a countless number of people that lost a loved one. Everyone that had any type of relationship with them will be forever affected. I do care about DeAndre. Yes, he had a good heart. Yes, he was a caring/loving person. Yes, he acted out of rage. THAT DOES NOT EXCUSE WHAT HE DID! I will not defend what he did. I really don’t think anyone else should either. When we make decisions, we must suffer the consequences. It was not wise of him to take another person’s life, and he will have to deal with that through the court system, with God, and with himself.

  31. Same Crime Same Punishment said,

    March 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    No one seems to be talking about his partner in crime. What about the driver.This for you! As a woman that were you thinking? You are just as guilty as he is ! You should be punished just like him.Same crime, same punishment!

  32. Take responsibility said,

    March 24, 2008 at 4:28 am

    I totally agree about what the above person said about the driver. She says she had no clue what he went there to do, but I don’t believe that in the least. If you drive him there, he tells you to pull down the street, and you know he owns a gun, wouldn’t that sound suspect to you? Don’t let any man convince you into doing something stupid and you have children of your own to raise. You need to speak up!!

  33. A close friend said,

    March 26, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I have read all the comments on this blog. And really thought about what everyone had to say. I see Deandre’s family and friends saying Free Deandre like he is a great leader like King or Mandela or he’s not guilty until proven guilty in a court of law. And that he was so mad and confuse over not having his son. About his smile and the clothes off his back. People talking about being a single mother. About Deandre being in the heat of a moment. Being in the heat of a moment is not going to someone home with a loaded gun and shooting them in cold blood. A heat of the moment is when you are having diner with friends and you make a mistake a step on a person toes and before you can apologize for it they slap you and before you think, you pick up the bottle of wine you were having at dinner and hit that person with it. That is in the heat of the moment. Am a person that was very very close to Elena and her family. They (Elena and Deandre) was doing just find with the arrangement’s with their child until Deandre and his current girl friend deceived to move and not tell Elena where her child was. Deandre current girlfriend fuel all of this. She should get the same time as Deandre. I want to see her day in court. She drove him there, waited until it was done and then picked him up. When usually she parked outside in front of where Elena once lived. She always sat out in the car until Deandre came down with the baby. Or waited until Deandre took the baby up to his mother. Oh I have not forgotten her. She was part of the crime. A MURDERER

  34. Big Cousin said,

    March 30, 2008 at 5:51 am

    I think that the crawford family got the best deal every. They have him. We must go to the cemetary to see a headstone and some dirt to visit elena. The only thing I have to say is that yall didn’t teach him how to work out his problem in the right way. Now we have to deal with your mess. He not from englewood, so don’t classify as he was from that area. Woman these days think that they should be the only woman in their new man’s life when there was someone there before. U help destroy the Anderson family, because you was jealous of our Elena that you started trouble between them two. I think Dreandre was lest then a man, that he would let that hot mess come in a mess up what he had with his baby’s mother. She needs to be punished just a well as he should. What the court won’t do GOD will do.

    My Glow Worm will be missed but will never be forgotten.
    Love always Big Cousin

  35. aunt of elena said,

    March 30, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I truely hope that they dont let her get away with crime she committed.She is more guilt than he is! As a human being, I could not take him to kill anyone. As a woman, a mother a sister, i would have warned her,i would have called the police.But see this is not the case, you took him there to kill, and you waited for him, and you lied for him. You are worse than deandre, you are less than a woman. What the two of you did i would not wish on my worse enemy, its cold blooded and calculated,you had a plan! To Kill, and Destroy, I have a question for you lady.

    Did killing Elena make you happy? How do you sleep at night? What are your children going to think of you when they find out what you did? YOU got a lot to answer for lady and i hope its in a court of law

  36. take repsonsibility said,

    March 31, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    This whole thing is like a nightmare that won’t end. Every night I think about how I was with someone that ended up taking another person’s life. It makes me sick to my stomach just knowing I’ve been with someone like that. If I feel that way, I know that the driver…u know who u are, has to be feeling torment. If she doesnt, she is not human. I don’t care how much you think you “love” someone. I wouldn’t even call that love. If you break up with someone and you can’t let them move on with their life, that’s not love, that is insecurity and selfishness. As a mother, a woman, a HUMAN BEING, she should have intervened, not helped him. When I was with him and I did all I could to get him to make wise decisions. That’s what you do when u care about someone. If she is such a “Ruff Ryder” she needs to own up to what she did.

  37. a family member of Elena's said,

    April 4, 2008 at 7:20 am

    I hope he (Fyi Drye) as his friends and family like to call him. Suffer a sentence much worst then he gave Elena and Ron.

  38. Ms. Yoli said,

    April 9, 2008 at 6:15 am

    What everyone seems to forget is that it doesn’t matter that this man has been convicted by the ‘moral majority’ already. Other than the deathbed conviction by the mother of his child, who (whether her family wants to believe it or not) took little part in the raising of their son, there is no concrete evidence that he committed this crime. Of course both parties, Elena and De Andre, have family members who think their loved one was the “kindest, sweetest, most loving…” but I know personally of occasions when Elena would purposely pretend not to be home to receive the baby after a visit with his father. These refusals resulted in their son spending months at a time with his father. I also have been present when she would not allow him entry to pick up their son. I understand that her family has lost a “good and genuine” person. I truly feel that her life had an immense value to her loved ones. I also understand that grief and prospective do not go hand in hand. Right now you all are in mourning, as well you should be. But not one of you will admit in public to witnessing the threatening phone calls she made to De Andre about the custody of their son. Not one of you will admit to keeping him at your house, knowing De Andre was called to pick him up, then arrived at Elena’s house being told that the baby had just been picked up by an aunt or another family member. I am not saying that you should not be angry. By all means you most definitely should be. But you must be honest with yourselves and force yourselves to remember that Elena played a huge part in the strife between herself and De Andre over the parenting of their son. Unless I’ve missed something major (and I apologize if I have), he is not the father of her “oldest baby”. The only reason De Andre was arrested is the fact that she said his name, but he and the “oldest baby’s daddy” are not the same person. Please, members of the Anderson family, do not take my posting as a pushing-aside of your loss, as I too have felt the pain of having a loved one taken from me by another. But I have the ability to see the situation from an outsider’s prospective. I agree that whoever took her life should be given the same fate. I also agree that if there was a ‘getaway driver’, she/he should be tried as an accomplice. But from what I understand, there were no witnesses placing De Andre at the crime scene. I also am not saying that her death was due punishment for anything she may have said or done. I am truly sorry for your loss, but while I know that De Andre was extremely frustrated trying to work, attend school and take care of his son, all while being technically homeless, I refuse to believe that his frustrations led to murder and attempted murder. My heart truly goes out to the Andersons and whoever else loved Elena. No matter who is convicted of her murder, you all will not hurt any less. I did not know Ron, but I cannot imagine having to deal with the struggle of trying to live life with the the pain of losing Elena, doubled by his paralysis. As for the Crawfords, continue to pray and support De Andre, the truth will come out.

  39. joy said,

    April 10, 2008 at 2:14 am

    To ms Yoli, you dont know what you are talking about,i suggest that you go to court, if you want to know the evidence that the state has against your precious Deandre.No body cares what you refuse to believe,we are living with the truth. My job frustrates me, and reading this garbage that you Deandre groupies write frustrates the hell out of me , So what you are saying is that it is her fault that he killed her. That is just so stupid,critizing someone who cant defend herself, because Deandre killed her.What you cant believe or refuse to believe, or cant imagine, thats your problem, and i dont care about that. look lady ,lets deal with the facts.Deandre Crawford is a MURDERER, and he is going to jail and, he is in jail where he belongs, and you dont know about our loss , so just keep praying for those Crawfords, because the truth is is out Deandre Crawford is a MURDERER!

  40. Aunt said,

    April 10, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Commenting behind Ms Yokey. You still seem to be trying to blame Elena for her death. You are trying to win big points for Deandre. I’m not buying it and is not going to let the readers that come to this blog buy it either. For one thing when she (Elena) was talking about an older baby she was refereeing to the oldest baby in the house at the time she was shot in cold blood. Oh you can try to beat around the bush. Call her names and make people have a low opinion of her. Try to state that she deserved to have been murder, that she brought it upon herself. You say all this now about her when she is not even present or alive to defend herself. I have a question for you MS YOKEY how could Deandre provided and take good care of his son if he himself was homeless. On first hand I Elena’s Aunt know she had to pay him to babysit his own son. So stop trying to paint a pretty picture of a murderer. I’m not the court I’m a love one. And since you were there knowing it all, can you answer this question for me. Why wasn’t (Deandre in his other child life so passionately) what happen there? What did Ron have to do with it? He was shot too and left for died. To Ron’s family and my own I love you all God be with us all.

  41. April 10, 2008 at 3:37 am

    I know for me personally, I look at the ones who do come in to support the accused. And that I don’t really have a problem with. Almost everybody is loved by somebody. And most people don’t want to believe that someone they know could kill. Could plan and kill. So I don’t have too much of a problem with them not believing.

    But when blaming the victim starts, it tells me a lot about the situation they came from. DeAndre allegedly had complaints about his child custody. Ok, that really isn’t unusual at all- sometimes it is deserved and sometimes it isn’t. He got to see his child from what his supporters are saying. I know of many parents who don’t even get to see their kids…. but they don’t kill. DeAndre had other choices, there was court and if he felt his child wasn’t being cared for- there was children’s services. The fact that he didn’t choose those really makes me wonder why. Was it because he really didn’t think the situation was bad enough?

    Now he is accused of murder and attempted murder. And people are coming in to blame the victim. And now I at last get a clearer picture of what has happened.

    It wasn’t that he didn’t get to see his child. It wasn’t even about his child. It was all about control. Control that he thought he should have over his child and thus his child’s mother. And other people seem to believe that it was her fault also, because she didn’t allow him to have that control. Giving control over to a person capable of planning and committing a murder wouldn’t have saved her life. At the most it might possibly have delayed it. Although at the end, who knows…. maybe it would have been the child who lost his life instead of the mother. Because at some point in a child’s life, they also begin to step away from a parent’s control.

    There is never a good reason for killing someone except to prevent immediate (and I mean immediate in the sense that there is no time to call for law enforcement), immediate harm to self or another person. And I haven’t seen one word about anyone being in immediate danger of harm except the victims. Thus, their excuse for the murder is invalid in my eyes. All they are doing is supporting a general opinion that he did it and had no valid reason for doing it.

  42. Ms. Yoli said,

    April 10, 2008 at 6:02 am

    To the people who can’t read well enough to rewrite my name, or are too ignorant to do so: I NEVER ONCE said that she deserved to die!! I never called her anything but Elena. Please don’t adlib what everyone else can see for themselves. I only said that she was not the angel she is portrayed here to be. There is not one of you who can honestly say that she never antagonized him about their son, that’s the first thing. Second, I never said that I’m an advocate for De Andre. Just as you all accuse the Crawfords of not seeing your loss for what it is, you all are also at fault for not recognizing that he was never in any of these ‘small’-tercations alone. I’m sorry, she did start some of their arguments. Just like people who really know De Andre refuse to believe he’s a killer, you all refuse to believe that she had her own malicious moments. Of course De Andre was at fault for a lot of their problems also. They were young parents who didn’t always do the right thing by each other or the kids. Except for what ended up happening to Elena, their problems are no different than any other couple’s with custody issues. How dare you try to imply that I thought she deserved to die!! If you all were reading, you would have seen that that was the exact opposite of what I was saying. No one deserves to have their life taken. So please go ahead and greive, knowing that no one expects you to acknowledge that she had one or more devious bones in her body. I am not speaking ill of the dead, or accusing her of anything that needs defending. You all know how she was, I have not said anything untrue. Go ahead and cry into your computers about how perfect she was. For your information, De Andre did have a relationship with his other son. I am not a “De Andre groupie”, as you put it. De Andre is not perfect, far from it. Painting a pretty picture of a murderer is not what’s goin on here. I never said that De Andre had no faults. I only addressed the De Andre-bashing that IS going on here. None of you all, like I have stated, has acknowledged that Elena ever purposely pushed his buttons. They did that to each other. You all have the perspective that you have because you all love Elena. The Crawfords have the perspective they have because they love De Andre. I have the perspective I have because I was there, as I stated, on the cusp of both parties. I have nothing to lose or gain by telling the truth as I saw it. I’m sorry you don’t want to look at their situation now the same way you did when they were having their problems. YOU CANNOT HONESTLY SAY THAT SHE WAS NEVER THE AGGRESSOR BECAUSE YOU KNOW BETTER!!! I am sure that some of you did not see that side of her, but on the other hand, some of you did. I am not on any bandwagon trying to belittle your loss or greif. I also am not trying to uphold any groupie status for De Andre. Court notwithstanding, everybody knows what went on in their relationship, while they were together and after they broke up. They both hassled and harrassed each other. They both displayed ignorant behavior in and out of their children’s company. I am not here to make you see anything, but this is ridiculous! If she was the angel you all say she is, she would not have had the problems (some of them) that she had. If De Andre is the monster you all say he is, there is no way the custody battle would have lasted as long as it did. He would have done what he is ACCUSED of a long time ago, with plenty of witnesses. Of course you all will not rest until the killer is convicted and punished, that is the natural course of things. But while you’re telling me to go to court, assuming I haven’t, let the process run its course. What will you do when he is set free? Will you continue to swear that it was him?

  43. joy said,

    April 10, 2008 at 10:38 am

    ms yoli, you need to take off your rose colored glasses ! HE DID IT! If you went to court ,next time listened .IF I COULD HAVE ,SHOULD HAVE doesnt mean a thing . Only a monster can shoot two people in cold blood with his own child in the house.Look Lady maybe you need to stop trying to talk about,her problems,because we all have them,but we dont use a gun to so called solve them. Now as far as someone being ignorant,you just showed me the true picture of an ignorant person,we are not calling Elena an angel ,we are calling her what she was,A VICTIM! So you keep trying to paint this picture, that it is partly her fault that he killed her,that is the stupidest thing i have ever heard.

  44. Trey said,

    April 10, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    When we get caught up in Drama, (check out the web for information on the Drama Triangle) we put people in paper cutout roles that minimize their humanity and complexity. Some of them we see and treat as complete victims who have no power or responsibility and are completely innocent of any wrong doing. This is different from people who are truly victimized, it is a two dimesnional portrayal. In the same way, when we place people in the role of perpetrator in Drama, we portray them as completely wicked and evil. They cannot do anything well or right as they are Satanic in their wickedness.

    It may be more correct to think in terms of acts of perpetration and moments of victimization. I was abused, and at that time and in those circumstances I was truly overwhelmed, isolated, and without resources. But I am not a victim as I have spent most of my life before and after that period of victimization as a free and powerful himan being. So while I was indeed victimized, I do not remain a victim.

    When people are murdered, they are victimized as nothing can justify a murder. Killing someone in self defense, when the other party is currently attempting to kill you, is not murder. Attacking someone who does not deserve the attack is absolutely an act of perpetration.

    In the above case, the person was found guilty of committing an act of perpetration and he is paying for it. That sounds just to me. It is not necesary for us to make the person who was victimized a saint or goddess to grieve her loss or hold her innocent of anything that would warrent murder.

    Trey

  45. MSP said,

    April 10, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I think it is really ridiculous that this debate is going back and forth. It is only natural to stand up for the ones you love. In the same token, we must acknowledge that no one is innocent is this difficult situation. Not being a family member of either side, I feel like I can look at both sides of this situation with a more level head. As Ms. Yoli stated, neither party was completely innocent of provoking each other. I only know what DeAndre told me and what I observed first hand, being in a relationship with him, but I do know there are 2 sides to every story. I do know that he was trying to do his best to become a better person. I do know that the deceased,as well as DeAndre, used their son as a tool of control and manipulation. I do know that he was extremely distrought when she wouldn’t allow him to continue to care for him. I do know that he allowed the girlfriend before me stir up even more unncessary drama. No, his situation was not the best for his son, that’s why I allowed my home to be open to him while we were together. As far as him being innocent, I am not the court system, but I know what I’ve experienced with him. I know that he wanted to go over there to scare her into giving Furly back with a gun and I stopped him. I know the evidence, because I have talked to the proper authorites. They traced his phone to the area, he told that other woman to pull down the street while he went inside and they have that on camera, he tried to give the coat away that he was wearing that night, he was not honest about other specific things about that night. I’m not a prosecuter, but it’s very difficult to prove that he didn’t do it. It’s nothing wrong with being a supportive family member, but please remember that every action has a consequence. People do things all the time that we wouldn’t expect them to do and they must take responsibility. To Elena and Ron’s family, my heartfelt condolences go out to you. I pray that God mends your heart and soul and that justice will be served as deserved.

  46. Trey said,

    April 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    MSP, I think you made a very good comment.

    Concerning guns, they are good at two things, killing and target practice. Those are their uses. The only problem that a gun solves is in stopping a deadly assault with force that will possibly leave someone dead. Using a gun under any circumstances other than to save your life is questionable in my way of looking at things.

    Trey

  47. April 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Very few couple relationships are without some “drama” at some point in the relationship. Sometimes the arguments are to resolve a point, sometimes the arguments are retribution for some real or imagined wrong. Sometimes those arguments are in defense of another like a child. I would venture to say there isn’t a person among us who hasn’t had an argument. In other words I would have been extremely surprised to hear that Elena never argued. I would even have been surprised to hear that she didn’t start some of the arguments. And DeAndre may have even been right in some of their arguments, I have never seen a relationship argument where both sides didn’t have some valid points. But I am having difficulty understanding why that is even being brought up, now that she is no longer here to state her position in those arguments. Her absence was not her choice. When DeAndre allegedly took her life away from her, he also ended his right to claim validity in their arguments.

    Because in the final argument, she was not pointing a gun, she did not seek out DeAndre. And yet the argument ended, with a weapon. Not only was Elena killed, but Ron was also shot. They didn’t choose to settle their arguments with a weapon.

    Now there seems to be some disbelief that DeAndre could have done this. But look at it from this point- shot in the chest, in pain and calling for help, do you really find it logical that Elena would say to herself, “I don’t care who really shot me, I want to cause trouble for DeAndre”? Do you really think that she spent her last minutes concocting a story to implicate him? And if so, why was his ride waiting for him down the block?

    Coming into a thread where you see the family and friends of the victims posting and bringing up old arguments and your perceptions of the victims shortcomings is an attempt to blame the victim. A way to say she deserved what she got.

    A family who has lost a loved one has the right to grieve and remember their loved one without looking at their shortcomings. Someday they will be able to think of some of their shortcomings with some fondness. But not now when the loss is fresh.

    A family who has lost a loved one to violence, has a right to some anger. The person who committed that violence took something from them that cannot be replaced, and caused them pain and grief. They have a right to be angry. They even have a right to think of him as a monster. Because to them, to most people what he is alleged to have done was a monstrous act.

  48. Trey said,

    April 10, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Good post HSH, but I do hope that my coments were not offensive to the grieving. There was no intent in that direction, and I appologize for any unintentional offense.

    I appreciate this blog as a place to discuss family violence, it interests me and I do not think many blogs have the space to wrestle with hard questions concerning this difficult topic. This one does, and I so appreciate that. I just hope that my working out my thoughts and beliefs regarding the big picture does not step on the toes of the bereaved.

    Trey

  49. April 10, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    My belief is that there needs to be a place to discuss domestic violence. It is one of those things that has been in the dark for too long, it happens too often and too many “myths” have developed about it.

    Until there is more discussion about it, until it becomes noticed, until people start realizing how much of a problem it is and how much it affects all of us, no attempts will ever be made to resolve it.

  50. Ms. Yoli said,

    April 11, 2008 at 7:52 am

    I also appreciate the fact that someone else stated in a different way what I was trying to say. Again, I never said that Elena ever did anything to warrant her murder. I also said that she wasn’t an angel, not meaning that she was evil or provoked anyone’s lethal actions toward her. Also, like Trey, I solemnly apologize if anything I wrote in this blog offended anyone. That is the exact opposite of what I wanted to do. I only wanted to state my own dealings with both parties. I truly did not want this blog to become a vehicle to inflict more hurt on the families of Elena or Ron. Since my meaning never came across for what it should have been, I will no longer post a comment here. I am not an advocate for violence in any form. Like I said, I have to live with the fact that a loved one was taken away from me as well. (My fiance was killed by his jealous ex after purchasing our rings.) For the grieving families, I am truly sorry if anything I said sounded like it minimalized your hurt. I AM VERY SORRY!!!

  51. Big Cousin said,

    April 14, 2008 at 10:13 am

    The crawford family still believe that Deandre did not Murder Elena but MSP just said in her blog that she had to stop him once before from going over there with a gun. If MSP know that he was trying to go over there with a gun once before than she should have got him help. She should have show him the way to handle his problems without Killing our love one.

    The crawford family and friends think that Deandre didn’t do anything wrong and that we as Elena family are just blaming him for what someone else did. Ms MSP just said that she talked to the police and the information that she go proves that he is guilty and he is going down for it. There are three sides to every story. Elenas side, Deandre side and the truth and only God know the truth. So no matter how much u blame Elena for pushing his buttons, he’s still a Murder and will always be a Murder. Deandre will go to jail and will have to learn how to deal with confliction or someone will give him what he gave to Elena. We as family member of Elena is learning to deal with our lost. We know the Elena isn’t a Angel but she didn’t need to be Murder by Deandre. Ms. Yoli said that she had a love one killed by an ex-lover, so she know how it feel to lose a very special person in her life. She was still making comment about how Elena push Deandre buttons. But If he was homeless how can he care for his son and if she would act like she wasn’t home we he came to return his son, what up with him keeping his son and going to the police and telling them that she abandoned her son and apply for custody of his son. Because he wanted to make her suffer. That show that he was not taught how to think reasonable and how to handle stree and deal with problems. We are just blaming him and the girl friend is stupid, to let a man she calm that she love drag her into all of his bull. She should have been a real woman a let her man know that it is another way to handle his problem with Elena. Some Woman think that a man will validate them. Some men think that if they can’t control their woman it makes them less then a man.

  52. MSP said,

    April 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    In repsonse to Big Cousin, I felt like I did all I can to help him make wiser decisions when we were together. Believe me, I am not the type of woman to sit back and watch the person that I’m with do stupid things. I did my part after I was made aware of the murder by sharing the information that I knew with the proper authorites despite the fear that I have. Once I ended the relationship a month and a half before this tragedy, it was out of my hands. I didn’t talk to him at all after our breakup. He had other people in his life that may not have been as encouraging (how could they have been if they drove him over there that night). I know it is easy to point fingers at everyone when something like this happens, but in the end, DeAndre made the final decision.

  53. Trey said,

    April 14, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    “But If he was homeless how can he care for his son?”

    Good question! Homeless people are not equipped to take care of their children. If they are mentally stable, and not likely to hurt the children, then visitation is fine, but trying to make your children homeless along with you is selfish and evidence of an inability to parent.

    “Some men think that if they can’t control their woman it makes them less then a man.”

    And these men are completely wrong. Self control is what makes me a real man, the ability to sacrifice FOR my family instead of make them sacrifice for me, or worse, use them as a sacrifice. All personal power comes from self control, self discipline, and sacrifice.

    Trey

  54. April 14, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    MSP, I don’t think anyone is trying to assign blame to you. Yes, looking back now you may wish that you had encouraged him to go get help. But at the time you most likely thought it was a one time thing and that when he calmed down he wouldn’t go through with it. But even if you had tried to get him to go for help, he would most likely have refused. And you couldn’t have made him do it as he is an adult.

    Unfortunately, once the threat is made the idea is there. And if they don’t do it that time, then there is always the possibility that they will get angry in the future. Making threats to harm someone someone is an illegal act. If a friend starts making threats to harm someone, you are really doing them a favor to report it. Yes, they will be angry at you. But if they are threatening to murder, do you really want them in your life? Yes, if it can be proven, they could end up in jail. But the penalty for making threats is a lot less than the penalty for murder. And just the dealing with police can keep them busy enough and keep their attention off the person they threatened to harm.

    Also the person who was threatened should be notified. That would give them the chance to take more precautions in their life.

  55. Aunt said,

    April 15, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I’m still trying to coup with Elena’s death. Right now it is still fresh in my mind, heart, and life. People like Yokey makes me mad. Do Yokey really think by bashing Elena is going to make Deandre less then a murderer? No it will not. Will anyone bashing Elena make Deandre less then a murderer? No it will not. As Elena A Anderson aunt I feel that it is my job to defend her because she is not here to defend herself. I know a lot about her, she was a big Britte bundle of joy. Never meant any harm to anyone. She always dealt fairly with everyone. Deandre took her life because he didn’t want to see anyone with her. Again he (Deandre) went to my niece’s apartment and shoot her in cold blood. Not because of their child together, it was because if he could not have her nobody would. He couldn’t have gave one flying f about his son. Because he killed his son’s mother in front of him. And if Deandre family and friends think that was a fatherly love I truly wonder want you people think about your kids, nieces, nephews, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and their families. Are you trying to make a statement that if you love someone you take their life or the life of someone they love. His (Deandre) son should pat him on the back now, right. And say I really love you for that. Thank you, I’m without a mother or a father now. Good Job Dad. I feel for my sister, Ron and his family and Deandre’s mother. Because of that one bad decision as people like to call it. Caused three families something that you did not ever want in your life’s. I pray for my family, Ron’s family and the mother of Deandre everyday. May God be with you and bless you. Everyday will get better. This is a MESS that should not have happened.

  56. aunt of elena said,

    April 16, 2008 at 2:08 am

    Ms yoli did you read what Msp said. Do you believe now? The more you read you should see that your precious Deandre is a murderer. In families we have people who do bad things, we all do. My family we dont make excuses for them when they are wrong, sure we stand by them,but you know if they had killed someone,theres no way under the sun i would say that they drove them to do it.There is no excuse for what he did.and you people need help.All that garbage that you write is not going to fool anyone. It is going to be a great day when they tell us that he is going away FOREVER. MSP you should consider yourself lucky that it was not you too!

  57. Elena brother Daniel said,

    April 17, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    WOW…. I would just like to say thank you (homesweetHome) for the support you giving my family and not excluding friends and associates. Many of you make a lot of good points. One that touched me was Mrs Yoli and Trey I was angry at first but i know they really have no idea of what they are saying. Outside looking in.I had to catch myself from getting into a tug war like everyone else.I know my sister wasnt the best parent but who can really say they are ???? I haven’t been a parent up until my sister died and i help my mother with my niece and newphew
    and its al ot harder than i thought it was .I see that taking care of a Toddler ( Elisha 3mo) isn’t all just burp her and put her to sleep.I see that my nephew Damontea isn’t as easy to watch either (he is like taz mania devil around the house)..lol.They have been through so much to be so young in a way they remind me of me and my sisters and brothers growing up except at least my mother is still here.My mom ain’t perfect and neither is my father .These 2 people (my parents ) have been fighting i mean really knuckles and knives fighting all my life .but guess what they are still here they didn’t kill one another and no they are not together but i love them both equally.I mean i got dirt on deandre and what he done to my nephew as well as my sister but me going there will only prove what .That you got two kids raising a kid and everybody makes mistakes but somethings cant be made good over night as we all know .i just pray everyone on here just needs to be praying and let go of the anger because we just fueling each others fire and i was very close to getting in with it but

  58. Elena brother Daniel said,

    April 17, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    IM READY TO LET IT GO AND FINISH LIVING THIS LIFE I HAVE LEFT BECAUSE GUESS WHAT WE ALL HAVE TO GO WHERE ELENA WENT FEBUARY 12TH 2008
    GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND I PRAY GOD WILL BRING PEACE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY
    SINCERELY DANIEL

  59. DID YOU KNOW said,

    April 17, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    I know Mrs Yoli didn’t know Elena because she would know everything she is saying is a lie .I dont know why she so angry at Elena for. You are right mrs yoli we know how elena was . Elena was the one who had Demontea with Dre even though she told she didnt think she should.your right mrs yoli Elena was the one who deandre broke up with right after the baby was born. Your right mrs yoli Elena was the one who let deandre up stairs the day she died to discuss how they were going to work out the issue with demontea.You right mrs yoli “we know how elena was” Do you know how she wasnt mrs yoli??? She was the type to recieve a call from the other parent and say “what you want im f8cking right now” nahh she wasnt that Elena wasnt the one who on christmas eve call the police and telling them 2 masked gunnman ran into the house and kiddnapped demontae……..Yea you right mrs yoli maybe if my sister was selfish, malicious, bipolar,jealous,and envious she problably would be alive …..yea mrs yoli we alll know

  60. April 18, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Elana’s Brother Daniel, you are wise beyond your years. You do have the right to be angry. But yes, that anger will end up hurting yourself more than Deandre and will not bring Elena back. Learn to live in peace with your memories of Elena and help take care of that neice and nephew. Someday they will need your memories, to help them learn about their mother. And it is good practice for you also if you want to be a parent someday. And if you stay close to them and love them and are there for them, someday you will look at them amazed at how proud you are of them.

  61. Tiffany Elena's Cousin said,

    April 25, 2008 at 2:00 am

    I just want to say that im hurt and still in disbelief over my cousin\sister/friend’s death. Then to hear how many supporters there are for deandre disgraces me. He needs to be punished and it needs to happen immediately. Cause im just out raged at how people can be so inconsiderable of other peoples feelings. (yoli, msp,etc) To elena I Love You and I’ll always have your back. till we meet again!!!

  62. April 25, 2008 at 3:34 am

    Tiffany Elena’s Cousin, I know what happened in still fresh to you. And this is going to be a hard year while you get used to not being able to talk to Elena. But as time goes by, I think you will find that you can get used to it, but you won’t forget. You are angry now, and you have the right to be angry. But keep in mind that living with that anger hurts us more than others. It will take time to get to court with this, and until then you will feel like you don’t have an outlet for that anger. The trial will come, then everything will come out. Trust in the justice system.

  63. NOW WHAT?????? said,

    April 25, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I just want to say to Elena, Ron, and Ron’s family that my prayer’s are with you. I know its hard but NOBODY deserves what Elena and Ron suffered, especially the children, families, and friends. To Tiffany, time heals all wounds!!! DeAndre WILL go to trial and the TRUTH will come out. I believe JUSTICE will be SERVED in God’s time.

    God Bless!!!

  64. mary Denson said,

    May 8, 2008 at 2:28 am

    God bless all of you, especially the family of the young woman who lost her life. No one should take what he or she is not willing to give, only God can require a life. I know things do get tought and even out of control. we must learn to walk away and cool off. I don’t know what happend to push Deandre off the edge, but he should have sought help, and not take thing into his hand. I too, would be angery if any body take Deandre life, because it is not their to take. All I know, two young life has been lost. One eternal, and one in miserable all his life, I don’t care he will never forgive himself for this fatally discision. Family stop blaming and pray. I want to thank every one for their comments and concerns for both family, because it is a tragic! Yes, Deamdre is my Grandson, and I do believe he should be punish, but, if one is pust to the limited one will come out fighting. you aught to know that! I will say this with out comdemnation, they both are guilty. Vengency is mine said the “Lord.”

  65. Mary Denson said,

    May 8, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I want to make a comment to Coloroda; why are you stating the things you are saying about Deandre? Yes, you might have know Elena all her life, and how sweet she was, that was then, but what transpirie since then? Reading these artlicles, Elena was such a beautiful girl, no not at all. apparently she lure Deandre over to her house knowing she had called her so-call-boyfriend and alert him that Deandre was on his way over there and for him to get there quickley as possible. She wanted these two men to meet up and argue over her; but one thing she had not encounter, a shooting. She played the field one time to many. Sure, Deandre should have never gone over to her house. I wish he had put this matter in the hand of authoity and settled it that way and not take the law for granted. Deandre was a good man, yes he took care of his child and the mother too. She is much to blame as Deandre, they both were wrong. two wrong don’t justify a wrong. Since you are so religious, why don’t you pray in stead of making wrong judgment of a man life. Yes, you can paint all the pictures you want of Elena, her life spekes for her. Elena lost her life both natural and spiritual. But Deandre will pay for this terible crime. I wish to God he had walked away.

  66. aunt of elena said,

    May 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Mary you are truely in denial! To blame the victims for what your grandson did is utterly ridiculious.I see that you realize that De Andrea killed Elena, but now you are making excuses for him. No one is trying to paint a picture of Elena, she was precious to us as De Andrea is to you. We love her and miss her dearly, and she is gone thanks to your precious grandson.You Mary should be ashamed of yourself,you are too old to be speaking so foolishly. We are not offended or hurt by that garbage you have just writtened, because that is all that it is garbage! De Andrea is not a good man, he is a murderer, a good man does not kill his own childs mother.Elena did not lose her life, it was taken away from her, and why you chose to direct your hateful ,ignorant comments to Colorado is beyond me, when all she spoke of is peace, hope,and good memories in the mist of this tragedy that your grandson created.The things that you said makes you seem to be a truely ignorant individual, you know nothing about her spiritually,because thats between her and God! Nobody is buying that garbage that you are talking, it all sounds stupid

  67. Another Aunt of Elena's said,

    May 13, 2008 at 5:31 am

    Commenting behind Mary Dunsen. I guess you are right about pushing people to the limit because I too have been Push to the limit. My limit was pushed the day when the doctors came down and announce to us all that Elena Anderson life had expire from a gun shot wound to the chest. You see Ms Mary Dunsen I never believe in the death Penalty before that day now I do. I was push in seeing the death penalty for what it is an eye for an eye. How could you say they both were guilty? I only see one guilty person in this crime and the guilty person is Deandre Crawford the shooter, the murderer. What are Elena Anderson crime in this? Is She guilty of being murder, having a kid by the murderer, breaking up with the murderer and moving on with her life, putting a roof over herself and her kids head? Which of those things made her guilty. Guilty enough to have been murder by her child’s father. Now that brings me to the part of your story when you stated that Deandre Crawford took care of his son as well as Elena. You need to stop telling fictional stories. When you know as well as I know Deandre was homeless. Deandre did not have his own home. He lived with his current girlfriend (the driver) in Ford Heights IL. So how could he have been taking of them when he couldn’t even take care of himself. I guest he still doesn’t have to take care of himself. Deandre must have said to himself I’m going to get a house someday. And that’s just want he did when he shot Elena in the chest killing her, he got that house with benefits he has a roof over his head, 3 free meals a day, and all the free clothing he can use for the rest of his life. And as for her so-call-boyfriend he has a name and that is Ron (also shot by Deandre and left for dead). Ms Mary Dunsen you have no ideal what you are talking about because if you did, you would have known that Deandre and Elena had broke up way over a year ago before the shooting took place. And move on with their lives Elena was with Ron and Deandre with his current girlfriend (the driver) Ms Dunsen you were right when you said Deandre should have never went to Elena’s home. But you should have added with a loaded gun with murder on his mind. Yes her life spoke for its self. Just like yours are speaking for you right now. Because the things you are saying is just dumb. Here’s some example of it. “Elena lost her life both natural and spiritual”. I ask you what is natural about dying because of a shot to the chest? And are you trying to play God over Elena like your grandson did. Who made you two God. One played judge, jury, executioner and God over the life of my niece and now you are playing God over her soul. You Ms Mary Dunsen should practice what you preach you should stop stating things you know nothing about. And before you start judging other people and their souls you need to pray and think about your own.

  68. Mary Denson said,

    May 13, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Listen, I am not upholding any body in a crime or any unjustified crime. I first stated that I do feel your pains and anguish. I am not painting a picture of Deandre as a good boy as you painted about your daughter Elene. I don’t think you really understand the word stupid. you are just as low as you neice or daughter which ever one she was to you. If you play the field you will pay the piper. Yes, I love Deandre just like you loves you Elena, and trying to put all the blame on him want do any good. I do practice what I prach, so get off the band wagon and try to find peace within you soul by seeking God, because this is what I am doing. Sure it is a tragic. May God truly give you peace and contempment. Hateing want solve any things it only confirm that you can not forgive, we all are face with tragic, I hope on day you can forgive Deandre for his crime.Only God knows. Please, seek counsel for your healing so this want destroy you also.

  69. Another Aunt of Elena's said,

    May 13, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    See Ms Mary Dunson how your life is still Speaking for you. Because you are still saying dumb things. Example “I am not upholding any body in a crime or any unjustified crime” by unjustified means that yeah he done it but he had good reason for doing what he done (shot my niece in cold F blood). As for you feeling my pains you don’t have to take the time out to feel anything for me. Because trust I don’t feel anything for you. Let’s not be two faced on this blog just because others are reading it. You don’t give a crap about me or my niece. Another thing you are trying to paint a picture of Deandre. Trying to make like killing Elena was force upon him. That he had good reasons to be a murderer. I have all the right to paint a good picture about my loving niece who never did harm to anyone in her life. A girl cut down at the age of 27 by a MURDERING MONSTER that had no regard for a humans life. As far as you calling me low. That makes me no difference. But when you start calling Elena low that shows me just how low you are. You are speaking ill of the dead. In her grave because of a LOW life EVIL MURDERING MONSTER. Stupid just like I said. How could one be playing the field when you have not a romantic connection with a person other then the child you had together. Remember Ms Mary Dunson when he (Deandre) went over to my nieces home with murder on his mind his current girlfriend was with him. She drove him there. Waited for him and then drove off with him into the sun set after killing my niece. And I do put all the BLAME on the murdering evil man you call your grandson. He shot Elena in cold blood it was not the other way around. He came all the way from FORD HEIGHTS IL to murder my niece. Ms Dunson I would appreciate if you would stop trying to think or speak for me. I never once said I hated Deandre. I hate want he done to my niece. The tragedy in our lives has already happen and pass. When we walked away from her grave. Deandre was forgiving a long time ago. But not forgotten. You go get yourself some of that counseling you are trying to push on me for the roll you play in Deandre’s life. Because how you talk and think shows me and the world how Deandre came to believe that killing Elena were the right thing to do. Now you go pray for your own soul and your grandson’s soul. Leave my soul and my families soul to God. This will not destroy me because evil dose not rule me.

  70. Mary Denson said,

    May 14, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Honey, get a life! aperently you don’t know much about your neice, because she lead a double life. Eny body with good since can see she lead Deandre on. Like the report said, “there wasn’t any force entrance, so consequently she did plan this tragic. Oh, yes, you do need conseling. listen at your converstatin you needs it bad. The kettle calling the kettle black! now at that loving you?

  71. May 14, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Ok, this thread has gone in a way I hadn’t expected. From “he didn’t do it” (despite witness’s) it seems to have gone to “she lured him.” I have just spent the last 15 min. sitting here imagining that phone conversation. “Hey Deandre, I have a great idea. I want you to come over here and bring your gun because I want you to shoot me and Ron. Oh and you had better have someone else drive you, because you will need a get away.” Boy, she made sure that she got him didn’t she? She set him up to go to prison. Too bad she didn’t stay around to enjoy it huh? Too bad “she” didn’t stop to think that “she” was leaving both of her children motherless and leaving one fatherless.

    Somehow I doubt that is what happened, it just doesn’t make sense.

    “She was leading him on.” Another good one. Deandre had a girlfriend. Why would Elena think that he would even care that her boyfriend was there? Did he not care for the girlfriend? Still in love with Elena? Surely he wouldn’t love someone so awful, someone that you all have spoken so badly of? Surely he wasn’t trying to be with Elena and had his girlfriend to drive him there?

    There wasn’t any forced entrance. Now that is a tuffy. Someone knocks on her door and she answers it. Wow, that is really bad. Surely she wasn’t the type of woman that would answer her door?

    Look, ya’ll can believe what you want to believe, and I don’t think anyone will ever change your mind. But ya’ll are making a real good case to make me believe that Elena did make a mistake. A mistake in ever hooking up with such a dangerous man. A man who had one woman, but didn’t ever want his ex to have another man. Who was willing to kill in order to prevent that. Ya’ll keep talking. I am learning more about Deandre all the time. But the more ya’ll talk about Deandre this way, the lower my opinon gets.

  72. aunt of elena said,

    May 15, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Mary, you dont know what the hell you are talking about. You sound like a whole Fool, and i almost feel sorry for you, but you really dont matter, you and what you say is not important, you are just as bad as you that low life murdering grandson of yours. We are a very close family, and we talk about everything,she did not want De Andrea, He couldnt even take care of himself,living from woman to woman. Well he dont have to worry about that now, he will have three hots and a cot the rest of his sorry life. Elena had a real man, that your grandson tried to kill too! You are angry because we are speaking the truth about De Andrea, calling him the murderer that he is. To say that my sister needs council, because she defends my niece,who is no longer here to defend herself. I am proud of her standing on the truth and whats right You need to blame the person who is at fault!, De Andrea is the murderer, and De Andrea alone is the one to blame! All that mess ,you save and tell it to De Andrea on his visiting day at the big house.

  73. May 15, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Ah, Aunt of Elena let her talk. She is telling so much about DeAndre and how he was raised and maybe even how he came to believe he would be justified in killing Elena.

    By this time I don’t even think she believes that he didn’t do it. So she is contenting herself with making everyone else as miserable as DeAndre has made her. In other words she is baiting you all just to make you angry.

  74. Mary Denson said,

    May 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    To the Aunt of Elena, yes I am in denial, I just heard about this last week. Yes, I am hurt, and so are you, because you lost your neice. I will state again, no-one has that right to take anybody life. I want to apology for all the mis-understanding you received through my saying on this blog. I do mean I am so sorry for your lost. I too, have lost a love one, but like this. I know it is hard to forgive a person when they take the law into their hand, but some-how if you can find it in your heart please for give him, I do know, he is not at peace with him self now that he has the time to think. I am still shock! To the entire family, please except my apology. I am not stupid and I don’t condome what he did. If you like to talk to me in person I will be glade to talk.

  75. Elena cousin Fee said,

    May 17, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    there are no words to discribe the feeling of reading some of the things that are being said.No one deserves what elena got BUT DRE. the only thing elena was tryin to do was better herself and take care of her kids but thanks to dre her two older children(tae and ernest) will only have memories and monta and elisha will only have the memories that we can share with them.i think dre deserves to die as well.he took her away from 4 children and more people who love her than you could imagine.only a coward would shoot a woman.many times its hard to accept the fact that she is just gone i cant just go and see her or call her on the phone.it hurts in ways that i cant even discribe.i dont care really what none of you think the family of elena knows better.to the family of dre or anyone who said anything negitive that first of all dre did everything he is accused of and i would like to say that i dont feel sorry for you or him in any form or fashion you didnt loose anything he is still alive and breathing he still can see and talk to his family .he took that from her
    RIP AND LOVE YOU VERY MUCH ELENA
    WE LOST 1

  76. Elena cousin brandy said,

    May 19, 2008 at 7:06 am

    I am also Elena’s cousin and I also know dre because I went to school with him. Dre is not as innocent as his family potrays him to be. Even in school he was the picture you all paint him as. The family needs to quit making excuses for him and quit acting like the victims. Dre took away a beautiful young lady that would give her last to anyone. I know what the problem is it is his family. It is you all because you are trying to sugar coat what he did. There is no way to sugar coat this. You all are blaming everyone but the murder for what he has done and that is not right. The family is losing many nights of sleep because we still dont know how we are supposed to just move on with with the fact that she is no longer here. You can still look at him all we have are pictures.You can talk to him all we have are past conversations. If you are his family and you condome what he did then u r as guilty as him. We love Lena

  77. Elena cousin Freda said,

    May 21, 2008 at 3:39 am

    It is very annoying to read comments from deandres family and friends.You have people defending him and idiots that don’t know what they are talking about!How dare you people try and make like elena was a bad mother when half of you didn’t know her!What dre did to her was unforgivable!He not only stole her life,he also lost ever being in his sons life.Elena was my sister-cousin-best friend.It is very hard waking up and knowing i won’t be able to talk to her,or see her again.She only wanted to better her life for her and her children.Thats all she wanted.I still have visions of me seeing her in the hospital dead.I would have never thought that her life would be taken so violently!For that we can thank dre the person you people says would take the shirt of his back for people!Elena was a freespirited woman,loving,caring,giving,she always motivated people and always had a positive outlook on life!I love u E……. always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ya girl free.

  78. June 3, 2008 at 2:34 am

    The way i see it is. This guy to ashamed.because he is the father of a little boy who stole his mother form him i don’t see how he going to talk to his son thats if he want to me the man how took his mother away he is less of a man to leave his son out here NO mother or father he was a jealous man and selfish man jealous of Ron and Elena and too selfish because he didn’t of his son

  79. ME SNITCHES! said,

    June 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Man I have tried to refrain from commenting on this whole ordeal. But I am totally disgusted by what is taking place. I know that Alaina’s family is hurt, grieving and all but please….this shit is getting ridiculous! All the nasty words of anger and exchanges of derogatory comments is getting u nowhere. Is it bringing back ur princess? NO!!!! I do understand u saying these things about Dre is helping to ease ur feelings of disgust or whatever ur feeling, but do u think our friends, family and others will sit here and listen to say inflammatory remarks about Dre and our family without standing up for urselfs. U’ve made references about us not knowing much about Alaina and I feel the same way about DRE and our family. U know what she has told u about him and ur only speculating what type of family he was raised in. Due to the circumstances I can see where ur coming from but this is way over the line. U fools have made this personal! Do u really believe Alaina has never hurt anyone or did any wrong? If so u should get ur head out ur ass. I know personally that she has. I’ve witnessed it for myself. I know both her and Dre. NEITHER of them is an angel. So can u speak on DRE’s flaws and not expect someone to bring up Alaina’s? Althoug I do agree that speaking ill of the dead is wrong. All we are doing is stating what we know about DRE…whether u agree or not. That’s what ur doing for Alaina isn’t it? Like always after ppl die, we have nothing but the greatest things to say about them. But really u guys are making this a personal crusade to tear down DRE and his family. How dare u ignorant, ill-mannered bastards talk to his Grandmother like that? Have u no shame or respect? Regardless of her statements, u don’t disrespect elders like that. This speaks volumes about how ur stupid asses were raised. Whether or not he did it….u don’t take it out on his family. Wut did they do? Neither families truly knows what happened. Only Alaina, Ron and the Killer knows what happened. U honestly believe one day he woke up and decided it was a good day to kill her. I mean really…..without any motive or involvement from her? So ur motive is jealousy…jealous that she found Ron? STOP PLAYING! Now I guess u idiots are playing judge, jury and executioner, huh? So is that fair? Now to this braud from HSH…wuts the point of this site….for the family of the deceased to throw stones at Dre and try to help them feel better by slandering him, his friends and family’s name? All they are doing is offering a little more insight as to the person they know and love. I guess they should just let him be vilified by these fake ass Christians. Now don’t get me wrong I am a GOD fearing Christian myself and I cant see how u claim to be righteous when ur here making asses out of urself. “Forgive those who trespass against us” isn’t that wut the book says? “only GOD can pass judgement” that’s in there too right? “LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE OR ROCK” …but im sure ur not trying to hear that either. But no matter what u or the court system say fi DRE is guilty of this he will have to answer to a higher power. He will pay for what he did, but it wont be at the hands of u wolves! I HOPE THAT ANYONE WHO KNOWS DRE WILL ABSTAIN FROM POSTING ANYTHING FURTHER. LET ALAINA’S FAMILY HAVE THEIR TIME TO GRIEVE. LET THEM HAVE THEIR PETTY ASS BANTER. THIS AINT THE PLACE FOR U GUYS! PLUS UR COMMENTS ARE ONLY ADDING FUEL TO THE FIRE. ANYTHING U SAY, WHETHER GOOD , BAD OR INDIFFERNT WILL BE MEET WITH GREAT CRITICISM. SO PLEASE TAKE IT ELSE WHERE. HOPEFULLY THAT WILL STOP THIS VOLLEYBALL GAME OF INFLAMATORY COMMENTS.

  80. aunt of elena said,

    June 7, 2008 at 12:46 am

    In response to me snitches, Why didnt you abstain from posting this garbage , you see the truth hurts, everything we said was true. Dre is a murderer, DRE IS A MURDERER! What is petty about the truth. Who cares when he decided that he was going to kill my niece,All we care about is that he did it. Now as far as you and anyone else that has some stupid ASS comments ,we are going to speak out. Since you are God fearing can speak on our Christianity,calling us fake ass christians that shows me that you are ignorant Ass person. The shit you say dont hurt our feelings,no matter what you say, THE MONSTER IS GOING TO BE LOCKED AWAY FOR EVER,AND EVER WHERE HE NEEDS TO BE! OH! YOU WANT TO ACT LIKE YOU ARE THE VOICE OF REASON, WHERE IN THE HELL WERE YOU WHEN HE NEEDED SOMEONE TO TALK HIM OUT OF DOING THAT DUMB ASS SHIT. YOU DUMB ASS ,THIS IS PERSONAL OUR NIECE IS DEAD,IF YOU DONT LIKE IT DONT READ IT.THERE IS NOTHING PETTY ABOUT WHAT HE DID, IT WAS VICIOUS AND COWARDLY,AND PLANED! AND AS FAR AS US BEING WOLVES, THE ONLY PERSON THAT ACTED LIKE AN ANIMAL WAS FI DRE

  81. June 7, 2008 at 4:58 am

    LOL, Aunt of Elena take Me Snitches at his/her word. If the situation had been reversed and Dre was the one who didn’t live… it sounds like Snitches and some of the others wouldn’t have minded, and definately wouldn’t have “taken it personally.” I honestly believe they wouldn’t have been angry if it had been Dre.

    They show that by their lack of any understanding at all about the grief and anger that Elena’s family is going through. And also the way they keep wanting to blame the victim. That tactic is used by persons who believe there is no real defense for someone’s actions, so the best defense is to go after the weakest point- the person who is dead and cannot defend themselves.

    Besides that they are baiting you. Trying to keep you angry, because as long as they have you to argue with they don’t have to think about what Dre is accused of doing.

  82. Elenas cousin brandy said,

    June 8, 2008 at 4:53 am

    to snitches you havent wittnesed anything that Elena has done. You dont even know her and what kind of christian r u. I can comment on Dre (the murder) because I went to school with him and u all r the only ones trying to paint a false picture of someone. Dre is not as innocent as u all say he is. He did wake up and one day decide to kill her because if all he wanted to do was talk to her why did he take a gun with him. U can call us what ever u want but that wont change the fact that he is a murder. U all r making yourselves look like fools. When u r wrong u r wrong, Christians dont lie. U can never say u have seen her do anything but give Dre a chance to be in his sons life.We didnt have to be there to know what happened. There is only one explanation JEALOUSY. You can try to clean it up as much as u want it all boils down to the same thing. If it was all about his son wheres the concern for him now. Not one family member has mentioned the mental health of the little boy who saw his mother get shot by his father. Some family u r. U all can try to make us look bad but it not going to change the fact that u have a murder in your family. It also wont change the fact that he WILL rot in jail. So to Mrs. Holy;baby christians dont name call. How mature. I see where he gets his stupidity from. Elena can not speak up for herself so we r her mouth piece. I love u Elena!!!!!! Always!!!!!!

  83. Aunt said,

    August 27, 2008 at 5:16 am

    I love you Elena. I will always stand behind you. His day in court soon come. No matter what his groupies say.

  84. Heart Broken from Colorado said,

    September 6, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Wow!!! Reading this blog has been an emotional rollercoaster. I’m glad to see that Elena’s family and friends are pulling together and leaning on one another for support and comfort. Even though I haven’t been there in person, my prayers have been constant. I love and miss yall dearly and hope to see you soon.

  85. Aunt said,

    September 13, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Thank You love one for your support. Even if you are not here you are here in the heart we love you. We are going to stay with this until the accused has his real day in court. Love from Chicago.

  86. Why said,

    December 6, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    why”””” why”” There are more people.hurt over the lose of elena’s life then any one,when I say any, I mean any one, Elena’s aunt cry’s over this, her heart and soul is hurt, this has hurt to the core remember the movie It’s A Wonderful life . this has off set the heart’s and life of many people not just family,friend any body who this kid talk to, work with walk with.DeAndre,why did u do this, can u tell us why please tell us why would you kill her when i think about it i want to see you pay .your family can see you. where is Elena ?where ? When you sleep you will see the wrong u did and u will make right the wrong u did u will will walk the walk with her the rest of your life. tell her why you shot her,

  87. Heart Broken from Colorado said,

    September 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Do anybody know the outcome of the trial? Has it taken place yet?

  88. Auntie said,

    November 29, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Trail Starts in June

  89. Auntie said,

    November 29, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Trial

  90. The Mother Of Elena Anderson said,

    January 13, 2010 at 5:52 am

    To Heart Broken From Colorado, we’ll post the outcome (meaning verdict) of DeAndre’s trial when available. The Prosecutor is seeking the Death Penalty!

  91. aunt of elena said,

    January 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    will be there with bells on

  92. MiMi said,

    July 14, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Has the trial started yet?


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