One of the teens involved in a 2009 Chicago brawl that left 16-year-old honor student Derrion Albert dead says he’s learned from the experience and is pledging to turn his life around.
A now much wiser 18-year-old Vashawn Bullock is sitting down to tell reporters how his life changed forever that fateful September day.
Footage captured the infamous deadly incident on camera showing Fenger High School honor student Derrion Albert being punched, kicked, stomped and beaten with plywood during a massive brawl through city streets.
Bullock was suspended for five months for the incident but had a change of heart after gaining a mentor who’s paying for his education at Muhammad University of Islam.
He tells MyFoxChicago that his new environment has helped change his life.
“They make sure it’s 100% discipline at all times, from the nails, to the clothes, to your hair, everything…”
Bullock was seen on the Derrion Albert video shirtless and being struck with ply-wood before grabbing the object himself and preparing to strike someone else with it.
He says however that something told him to put it down and walk away.
“I guess it was the grace of god that was in me. He was planning his directions for me right then…[telling me to] just walk away.”