Fox News Political Analyst Gianno Caldwell broke down live on air as he opened up about his 18-year-old ‘baby’ brother being shot dead as he slammed the Windy City for being ‘soft on crime.’
Caldwell, 35, slammed Chicago’s current crime environment on Fox and Friends on Tuesday after his brother Christian Beamon, 18, was shot dead and two others were injured in the city’s Morgan Park neighborhood on Friday.
‘He was literally just standing in front of the venue,’ he told the New York Post. ‘And there’s three or four people out there who murdered him. We want them held to account.’
Chicago police said 50 bullet casings were found at the scene and they are looking for multiple suspects who began firing out of a black sedan, according to the report.
On Tuesday morning, Caldwell joined his colleagues on Fox and Friends, growing emotional and choking down tears as he discussed having to plan his brother’s funeral.
‘I’d rather not be here talking to you, Steve [Doocy]. Honestly, I would rather be with my family right now,’ he told the host this morning on Fox and Friends.
‘Yesterday for the first time in my life, I went to the funeral home to plan the burial for my baby brother,’ he said as he choked down tears. ‘I’m paying for a funeral, Steve, for my baby brother. My baby brother is supposed to be burying me, not the other way around.
‘But this is where we are, right now, and I pray for justice for my baby brother, Christian.’
The analyst said hearing the news of his brother’s death was ‘legitimately the worst day of my existence,’ on Instagram over the weekend, alongside several photos of his family. ‘After all the things my family has been through, [I] never imagined my baby brother’s life would be stolen from him.’
Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell, 35, broke down on air Tuesday after his younger brother was shot and killed in Chicago on Friday. The tragic news was shared by Caldwell on Twitter, along with a photo with his youngest sibling, 18-year-old Christian
Caldwell (left) is the father-figure to his siblings. Christian’s murderer is believed to have gotten into a black sedan and driven off following the shooting (pictured: Caldwell and Christian at an unknown time)
The Chicago Police Department detailed on Friday how an 18-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound to the torso had died at the scene of the shooting
He also said on Tuesday that he was ‘proud’ of his little sister, who ‘spoke to the community’ the other day to asked people to take her brother’s death as a ‘lesson for everyone.’
‘My little brother was innocent, but for those who may not be doing the right things? It’s time to get right with God,’ she reportedly said, according to her brother.
Christian was the youngest of nine siblings and was known to be the ‘comedian, like me,’ Caldwell said.
‘If you had a down day, Chris was the one who would say something to make you laugh. He was the kid that always had a joke. He was the kid that was the light. He was the energy of the room.’
Caldwell said the Chicago he grew up in is no longer recognizable as criminals now run the streets and are ‘not afraid of the police’
The political analyst also revealed his grandmother is refusing to attend Christian’s funeral, because she wanted to ‘remember him how he was.’ The Fox employee said it is ‘heartbreaking.’
‘That’s so powerful to hear something like that because I never would have anticipated to hear something like hearing my grandmother mention a funeral for my baby brother.’
The family is now searching for Christian’s killer and are calling on Chicago’s administration to ‘review these soft of crime policies.’
‘Living in Chicago should not come with a death warrant,’ he said on Fox and Friends on Tuesday. ‘But for so many people there it does. And that’s why it’s so important for me to keep my brother’s name alive in hopes that people will reach out to the police if they know anything, the Chicago police.’
Caldwell, who is now based in Miami, told the New York Post that the Chicago is unrecognizable to the one he grew up in, as criminals are now running the streets and are no longer concentrated to the notorious South Side.
‘We need to drive legislation to revise or reverse some of these policies that could have prevent my brother’s death. Because criminals here – they don’t capitulate to the law and they’re not afraid of the police, they’re not afraid of the prosecutors,’ he said on Fox and Friends on Tuesday.
‘I never, ever, ever thought that my baby brother, just turned 18, would ever be in this situation. We’ve never had anybody murdered in our family, and we’ve been through very, very tragic things. God has always shielded each and every one of us, so I can’t understand how this happened. I’m trying to get the details to understand fully what’s going on here,’ he said (pictured: Christian)
Days earlier, Caldwell shared a series of messages between another of his brothers on Father’s Day. ‘My little brother has never met his father and as devastating as this is, I am thankful to God for choosing me to be his big brother/father figure,’ Caldwell wrote. ‘I’ve always looked at you as the closest thing to a father figure. You’ve taught me so much and for that I’m forever grateful and proud of the things you have done,’ his brother Matthew wrote to him in a touching message (pictured)
Caldwell described his childhood in Chicago as ‘really, really poor.’ His mother was addicted to crack cocaine and had to go to rehab. It meant the siblings were all placed in the custody of his grandmother. ‘I was like his dad because he never knew his father. So my three youngest little brothers, I considered — they were my kids. Those are my sons, so I took care of them. I financially supported them and still do my family,’ Caldwell told Fox earlier this week
Three of Caldwell’s siblings holding shoe boxes (pictured at an unknown time)
‘The belief there, from what I was told from some of the young men even yesterday, is that if someone does something they are likely not going to get arrested or if they do, they may not get prosecuted,’ Caldwell said of his home city.
It’s an in-and-out system that must change. We have got to get tough on crime in Chicago, because literally lives are on the line.’
Crime in the Windy City is up 34 percent compared to the same time last year. However, murder and shooting incidents are both down 11 and 17 percent, respectively.
Caldwell also said earlier this week that the Chicago police ‘need to be unhandcuffed.’
He recalled earlier this month a time when his brother – he did not specify which one – was inside a car that was shot at ’25 times’ over Memorial Day weekend ‘several years ago.’
Just days before the most recent shooting, Caldwell shared a series of messages between another of his brothers on Father’s Day.
‘I’ve always looked at you as the closest thing to a father figure. You’ve taught me so much and for that I’m forever grateful and proud of the things you have done,’ his brother Matthew wrote to him in a touching message.
‘My little brother has never met his father and as devastating as this is, I am thankful to God for choosing me to be his big brother/father figure,’ Caldwell wrote.
Overall crime has risen 34 percent in the Windy City, compared to the same time last year
Caldwell described his childhood in Chicago as ‘really, really poor.’ His mother was addicted to crack cocaine and had to go to rehab. It meant the siblings were all placed in the custody of his grandmother.
‘I was like his dad because he never knew his father. So my three youngest little brothers, I considered — they were my kids. Those are my sons, so I took care of them. I financially supported them and still do my family,’ Caldwell told Fox earlier this week.
His brother’s best friend reportedly died in his arms the night of the Memorial Day Weekend shooting, ‘when two men walked up and shot that car 25 times,’ he said on Fox’s The Big Sunday Show on June 5.
‘I’m absolutely disgusted by the violence that continues in my hometown,’ he said during a panel discussion earlier this month.
Caldwell had previously been critical of Chicago’s leadership and the rising crime levels in the Windy City, noting how there were 76 police officers either shot or fired upon in 2021 with more than 800 homicides across the city overall.
‘[Chicago police] need to get tough and needs to get tough immediately, otherwise we’re going to see more and more people dying in the streets daily.’