Sunday, May 2, 2010

To close to home

So Friday night around 10:30 I was at play practice and everything was good……no worries for me.

Unknown to me and the rest of the world my Mother and Step-Father were forced to their living room floor as a hail of bullets was being shot at and into my 16 year old cousin Juan in their front yard. He was fatally MURDERED from this brutal assault.

What more can I say …that has been said. “Stop the violence, increase the peace, save our kids”…..these words are said daily in our community- clearly no one is paying attention. All I know is my Mother stood over my cousin’s dead body with her Great Aunt and that is not normal and so wrong on many levels. Why are we accepting this? Why is it that we are ok with kids dying everyday? I can’t and I won’t accept this!!

Yes, I was on BAD GIRLS CLUB and I know what it may represents to the world but that show does not define me as a PERSON at all. Beyond that show I am an Educated Woman who is productive in the community with dreams and goals; who loves God and her family. I’m saddened by the death of my own family member but equally as upset about the other 150 plus people in the Chicago area that have been MURDERED this year along; in senseless crimes in CHCAGO.

As I watched the news Saturday night. I was in shock it was my family they were speaking to about my cousin. Juan Daniel's age 16 my cousin was being were counting as another dead kid in the streets of Chicago. It has hit too close to home for me again.....I don’t have the answers but I know something must be done.

RIP JUAN-D

3 comments:

  1. Renee (DB_KU_WWEGirl)May 2, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    OMG Tiffany, that is SO scary and SO heartbreaking. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Bad girl or not, there's still something to be said about knowing right from wrong. I agree, STOP THE VIOLENCE!!!

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  2. My heart dropped at hearing this, not just because it was your cousin, but another life snuffed out do the senseless violence in our streets. We have marched, listened to sermons, scared people straight, invested millions of dollars into anti-violence campaigns, and yet we still have not learned to value life over death. Parents must take more responsibility for their children. No words can take back what happened or truly comfort you and your family during this time of grieving. I pray that you and your family not only have peace which passes understanding, but you also receive the understanding which bringeth peace.

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  3. I want to say as a fellow Chicago native, I understand your feelings completely. Tiff I am so sorry for your loss, I dont understand or even think these kids understand what they are killin each other over. this breaks my heart because I know there is so much beauty in my home town and these kids are senslesly killing it. you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts, and i agree Chicago needs a a rude awakening, we need to take our streets back.

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