The ploy to avoid the truth
We heard wonderful reports of what a special little boy Laquarrie Jefferson was. His teachers, his neighbors, his friends all spoke of him with glowing reports of what a kind, good kid he was.
The Mayor of Boston was outraged. The citizens of the city were furious. Violence has been on the upswing all year, but a child, a little boy shot by armed intruders? That was beyond anyone's wildest nightmare.
And if was beyond nightmares. Today the mother recanted her story. It turns out that Laquarrie and his 7-year old cousin were playing with a gun, and the cousin shot Laquarrie in the stomach. The cousin and his mother then disappeared from the city, where they have not yet been apprehended.
This story saddens me beyond all understanding. Why were there guns in the house? Why were the guns available to such young children? Why did the mother lie about how her son was killed? Where did the illegal gun come from? Why did the mother cover up the accidental death and blame it on armed gunmen, knowing that gang activity is very high right now?
Laquarrie's father, who is currently in state prison, is a reputed member of the Castlegate crew, an infamous gang responsible for the 1994 murder of 9-year-old Jermaine Goffigan. I wonder what he's thinking about now in his jail cell. I don't believe in just retribution, but you just gotta wonder in this case.
Such a terrible tragedy. I'm so tired of the violence. This one really got to me, though. Look at that sweet face. Such a pretty little boy, so full of possibility. Gone. Gone forever because of illegal weapons in the home. I'm so angry at this. Guns DO kill people. A gun killed this child. There is no other logical way to look at the facts.
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