We talked about how kids were always getting things taken from them, how getting shot at and funerals were just a normal part of life in South LA, and how the foster sytem rips apart black families.
The forum felt productive.
However, it's occurrence was very ironic and ultimately tragic and perhaps more desperate, considering the news below which happened the same night just a few blocks away.
A 14-year-old youth was shot and killed Wednesday night while riding a bicycle in South Los Angeles, the latest probable victim of surging violence between two gangs, police said.So this night marked a few personal milestones for me.
Taburi Watson was riding his bike near St. Andrews Place and 87th Street about 7:25 p.m. when one or more assailants fired shots.
- the first time I rode the very spacious, bicycle-friendly Green Line.
- the first time I was going to ride through South LA and Inglewood at night by myself.
- and perhaps the last time I'll willingly ride thru South LA at night without full body armor.