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Falsely Accused

1231735_thumb_print_1Approximately 7 miles from our nation's capital, on March 31, 2010,  a drive-by shooting took place leaving four people dead and five others wounded. South Capitol Street has seen it's share of violence, as well as the eastern part of Washington, DC.

People were congregated on the front stoop of an apartment building, having just returned from a funeral at about 7:30 p.m. when a silver Chrysler minivan pulled up and shots rang out. Shortly after, a police chase began through Prince George County in Maryland , where it ended in the 700th block of Yuma Street SE. During the chase an AK-47 type weapon was seen thrown from the vehicle and other weapons were recovered inside.

Orlando Carter and Nathaniel Simms, both 26, were arrested when the chase came to a halt. The driver, an alleged 14 year old was

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"He was my Dad" she told me, "He Got killed."

wydeopenA couple of years ago the popular HBO show The Wire aired it's final episode. But for me the drama isn't over just because it isn't aired on television.

One night last year, after getting home from a long day at work and school, I received a message to call my brother. Apparently, one of his homeboys had been killed. I returned the call to learn that the Quincy Henderson a.k.a. "Q", a mutual friend of my brother and I (although closer to L than me) had been involved in a fist-fight and then shot and killed in a park two blocks away from the projects where L and I lived in the early 90's.

I immediately made a phone call to my boss, Rev. Leon Kelly, the executive director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives to see if he had any knowledge of or more importantly, any info in regards to the specifics of the shooting. Because of Reverend Kelly's rapport with the community at large, it's very common that when violence occurs here, especially Black or Hispanic related ,  "Rev" as he's known, is one of the first people called by victims, families, police and the media. However, in this case, he hadn't heard anything about this incident until I called him.

It wasn't until the next day that I learned what happened.

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