kid who wants justice for his brother, murdered in Sylmar
NOTE: Some of the names and other facts have been withheld from
the original "Letter" so as to not endanger the young
writer or his family. But the sense of his email remains.
I lost my brother to a drive-by in Sylmar, CA. It's been a year
now, and we still haven't found the coward who shot him. It seems
the police don't care because they think it's "just another
gang related crime."
I miss my brother. He was one in a million. But in November 2002
he was shot in the head during a drive-by by a local gang.
My brother was something special. He was a fighter and one of the
baddest vatos in the San Fernando Valley. He stayed away from drugs
and was always a courageous brave man at 21 years of age.
He was standing outside a house drinking on a Friday night with
a couple of friends when a car comes by, supposedly from [names
3 possible gangs]. My brother wasn't from a gang but he kicked it
with them, and my older brothers are from there.
He has a son that is going to grow up without a dad, but GOD chose
for 5 uncles to raise him, and we will.
I'm writing this letter because I want the police to start really
"doing something"! My brother deserves justice.
Please police, help find the murderer.
(name withheld by LACP)
15 year old warrior