Too Young To Die
In 2012 in Oakland, Ca., 131 people were victims of homicide, 14 did not reach their 19th birthday. Each time a child is killed, their names and ages are reported and added to the tally. Yet few outside the immediate circle ever see what the violent death of a child does to a community or family; the grief, regret and fear are felt hours, days, weeks and even years later. In Oakland, youth live in a different world, one that assigns them to gangs by their address; where expensive shoes both buy prestige and mark kids as targets; where any kid could get hit by bullets just because.