Robert Sandifer first met with authorities while he was only 22 months old. In 1985, after he and his 2 brothers were found home alone, they were brought to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Physical examinations showed that Robert was severely beaten; his body was covered with cigarette burns and markings from being beaten by an electric cord. At first, Lorina Sandifer blamed the bruises on Robert’s father, but later retracted the story.DCFS ruled that Robert Sandifer’s mother was unable to provide for her kids, which they realized was soon to be 5 kids.
As a result of their findings, in 1986, DCFS would hand Lorina’s kids to her grandmother, Jannie Fields. At the time she received her daughter’s 5 kids, she was already raising 4 of her own kids. Fields house would later be revealed to have been a place where prostitution took place. With an unstable family at home, Robert went on the streets to find a new family. He was taken in by the Black Disciples gang, which would eventually turn him into a hardened criminal. While with the Black Disciples, Robert was given the nickname Yummy due to his love for sweets.
In 1993 Robert “Yummy” Sandifer was facing charges of auto theft and arson, he would end up pleading guilty to one of the charges, and the other charge was dropped. In February 1994, while only 10 years old, he was sentenced to 2 years of probation. He was sent to Lawrence hall Youth Services’ Maryvill Academy, Robert wouldn’t stay there for, he soon fled the facility and went back to the streets. Psychological reports done while Robert was 10 concluded that he was illiterate, and was unable to solve simple math.
On Sunday, August 28, 1994 Robert went on a shooting spree, his first victim was Kianta Britten. Robert approached Britten and asked him what gang he was with to check if he was part of the Gangster Disciples, a rival of Robert’ gang. Britten claim he wasn’t in a gang member, Robert took out a 9 millimeter hand gun and shot Britten. Robert quickly took off, when the cops arrived, Britten was able to identify Robert ‘Yummy’ Sandifer as his shooter.
Later that day, Robert Sandifer would be the trigger man in yet another shooting. Robert would open fire on a group of boys playing football; some of them were hit with non-life threatening injuries, Shavon Dean would not be so lucky. Shavon was a 14 year old neighbor of Robert; she was struck in the head 30 feet from her front door and died.
After Robert was identified as the suspect in the second shooting, the Chicago Police and FBI agents started a large scale search for Robert ‘Yummy’ Sandifer. They came up empty handed, Robert wasn’t at his home nor the place where Black Disciples gang members hung out.
Derrick Hardaway, 14, and Cragg Hardaway, 16, both members of the Black Disciples gang, met up with Robert while he was on the run. Derrick told Robert, that he and his brother were on their way out of town, and he should tag along. Robert agreed, and was told to lay face down, he complied and they drove off. While driving, they made a short stop, Cragg took Derrick aside and told him “get in the car, have it running, don’t turn your lights on, have the car in neutral, have the passenger door open”. Yummy was then walked toward a tunnel filled with gang graffiti, and was executed with 2 bullets to the back of the head from a .25 caliber pistol while on his knees.
Robert ‘Yummy’ Sandifer’s body would later be found by police. At the time of his death, Robert was 11 years old, and was Chicago’s 637th murder victim of the year. Both Derrick and Cragg would later be arrested and charged for the killing of Robert ‘Yummy’ Sandifer; they both confessed that their gang leader sent them to do the job. Robert’s death would help shine a light on the violence plaguing Chicago, and the fact that many of those causing the violence were kids.
Young Chicago rapper Lil Mouse has made numerous tribute songs for Yummy, two of them are titled ‘Mouse Trap’ and ‘Yummy Tribute’. Robert ‘Yummy’ Sandifer’s mug shot was on the cover of TIME magazine with the headline “The Short Violent Life of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer: So Young to Kill So Young to Die”. In the song “Young N*ggaz” by Tupac, Tupac starts the song by saying “I wanna dedicate this one to Robert 'Yummy' Sandifer - And all other lil' young ni*as that's in a rush to be gangstas”