Robert Sandifer (Criminal) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Robert Sandifer

Robert “Yummy” Sandifer was an 11 year old American boy from Chicago, Illinois. Sandifer’s murder by fellow gang members in Chicago garnered national attention because of his age, resulting in his appearance on the cover of TIME magazine in September 1994. Nicknamed Yummy because of his love of cookies, standing 137 cm, Sandifer was a young member of the street gang the Black Disciples. After committing murder, arson and armed robbery, he was murdered by his own fellow gang members who feared he could become an informant, and that he was attracting too much attention towards their activities. Coverage of Sandifer’s death and retrospectives on his short, violent life were widely published in the American media. Sandifer became a symbol of the gang problem in American inner cities, the failure of social safety nets, and the shortcomings of the juvenile justice system.

Born: March 12, 1983, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: September 1, 1994, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Cause of death: Murdered by gunshots
Other names: Yummy
Occupation: Street gang member, (Black Disciples)
Criminal charge: Murder, arson, armed robbery, drug possession
Criminal penalty: Probation
Criminal status: Deceased
Parent(s): Lorina Sandifer, Robert Akins

About Robert Sandifer

Young gang member who was murdered at the age of eleven by fellow members of the Chicago gang, Black Disciples.

Before Fame

He dropped out of school at age eight and began stealing cars. In August of 1994, at the age of eleven, he killed a young girl in his neighborhood with a semi-automatic weapon.


He was killed, execution-style, by fellow teenage gang members, Derrick and Cragg Hardaway.

Family Life

His mother, Lorina Sandifer, was arrested numerous times on drug charges, and his father, Robert Akins, was incarcerated for the entirety of his son’s life. Robert Sandifer suffered tremendous abuse and neglect during his short life.


He and rapper Torence Hatch both grew up in the 1980s in neighborhoods riddled with crime and gang violence. Hatch was imprisoned in his early adulthood on murder charges.

Information related to Robert Sandifer

  • Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty – Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty is a graphic novel by G. Neri with art by Randy DuBurke, published by Lee and Low Books in August 2010.
  • People murdered by African-American organized crime
  • Murder committed by minors
  • Gang members
  • People murdered in Illinois
  • Murdered African-American people
  • Murdered American children

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