H is getting out of jail April 2nd. She's the smartest one (including Karen) and most determined one on that side of the family. She always wanted to be a doctor and instead she ended up a drug dealer. I can only guess that it was the most lucrative option open to her.
Her sister K was so lost in heroin that I thought of her as dead for years- I did not think she would make it. Now she counsels and leads others :D
Dad's gf of 30 years has lost one son to AIDS and almost lost two of them due to one shooting the other in the head- both lived, much drama, none of it I was even aware of until years later.
Was scrolling through facebook the other day and saw someone mentioning that the "hommiecides" were going to go up due to the warm weather. Lovely, flash of rage, cocksucker. But, I'm not on the streets. I rage about the prejudice in that statement, instead of compassion. It's hard to keep compassion when you might get hit with a stray bullet though, I get that. We have a gang/gangs in this neighborhood. I want them gone. Hate them at a primitive level that I can't even begin to verbalize. Danger, warning, teens with guns, fuck. A kid got beat up in the local park- he wasn't even part of a gang, just a Hispanic kid in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There may be a solution, but I don't see it. Unless you want to wage a war against poverty and lack of opportunity. Good luck on that.