Children Killing Children

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution, on a triple shooting near Turner Stadium: “Boy Slain in Attack Near Turner Field was Just 15.”

Nick, whose last name is being withheld, was lying roughly 10 feet from his back door when paramedics arrived at his southwest Atlanta apartment. He died Monday night at Grady Memorial Hospital. His half-brother, Andre, remains in critical condition at Grady, though friends and family say he is expected to recover. They’ve asked that the two teenagers’ surnames not be published for fear of retribution. . .

Atlanta police are looking for as many as eight suspects who fled the scene in a white Ford Crown Victoria and a black Saturn after the attack, which took place near Hank Aaron Drive and Haygood Avenue in Peoplestown.

The shootings were most likely gang-related, said Atlanta Police spokesman James Polite. The assailants are believed to be from a different part of the city.

I’ve worked in Peoplestown.  Extreme security measures don’t seem extreme there, and there are children everywhere, vulnerable to what is happening on the streets.  A lot of very decent people (Emmaus House staff and the Rev. Clairborne Jones) work there every day to give those kids someplace safe to go — more power to them — but the fact that the neighborhood remain deadly after forty years of community outreach and intensive service-provision is evidence that something different also needs to be done.  

I can’t add anything to the following, for it speaks, disturbingly and tragically, for itself:

“We’re sick and tired of this,” said C. L., 32, a cousin of the victim’s mother. “It used to be people in the neighborhood were fighting each other, but now you’ve got people from other neighborhoods coming in here and killing our children.”

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