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Monday, June 25, 2007

The ploy to avoid the truth

Last night around 11 there was a tragic shooting in the city. An 8 year old boy was murdered in a tough urban neighborhood. The first reports said that the mother claimed 3 armed gunmen rushed the apartment building she lived in and shot her son. Throughout the day, reporters claimed gang violence on the upswing, and people clucked at the horror of armed men bursting in to a home and shooting a child.

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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Blogger Stefanie said...

Horrible is all I can say. I agree with you. Why the cover-up? Why would this boy's own mother want to protect the responsible party even if it is her nephew? I just don't get it.

26/6/07 1:25 PM  
Blogger useless_rambler said...

Just another example of the horrible tragedies that happen when guns are around. I'll stay off my soap box for now, but why don't they just take away the damn guns?!?!?!?

I'll never understand.

May this poor, dear child rest in peace.

26/6/07 3:25 PM  
Blogger Lisse said...

Because this was most likely an accident and why ruin the 7 year old's life any further. I'm not saying she did the right thing, but I think I can understand the impulse.

26/6/07 6:16 PM  
Blogger JaniceNW said...

I'm with you. Total gun control is such a dream in America. A 3yo boy shot himself in the chest this AM a few miles from here. Stupid adults, oh let's hide the loaded gun in drawer~a 3yo would never ever look in a drawer! Dang.

I do believe in what comes around goes around. Or maybe I was brainwashed by the Catholic church in my early life...?

26/6/07 7:14 PM  
Blogger Dayngr said...

Heartbreaking. I blame the adults for allowing a gun to be accessible in the home.

27/6/07 9:08 PM  

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