Brijjanna Price was 16-years-old when her 17-year-old brother Lamont Deshawn Price was killed on the streets in Oakland. Since then she has been in and out of foster care, lived with her father, given birth to a baby girl and moved in with the father of her child.
Questions ask to Briijanna a year after her brother was murdered.
How have things changed for you since Lamont was killed?
Well, for one, I had a little girl. Two, I came back to school and three I’m just trying to get my life right for him cause I know that’s what he would have wanted for his little sister.
Where do you hope to be this time next year?
This time next year I want to be enrolled in some kind of college and have some kind of little part time job. Just to get me on my feet so I can get my apartment for me and my daughter. Then hope to get out of Oakland, California ‘cause there’s nothing out here for young youth, young black people. All it is is streets, jail, or the grave and I’m not trying to meet none of that. I’m trying to get me a career, set a life goal for my daughter. Trying to make sure my daughter don’t grow up like this. It’s the people you surround yourself with that’s going to make you who you really is. You surround yourself with a drug dealer your going to be a drug dealer. You surround yourself with dope fiends; you’re going to be a dope fiend. I don’t want to live out here.
Where do you hope to see your daughter at 16?
In school and trying to get her high school diploma - not like me. I had a lot of ups and downs. By the time I was pregnant with her, I wasn’t even in school. I had a lot going on and then my brother died. Then to find out I was pregnant on top of that - it was a lot of stress. It was just too much. But her -she’s going to be in school. She could be a doctor, lawyer, veterinarian - whatever she wants to be. I will encourage her.