Too Young To Die
Killings in Oakland come twice a week on average.
In 2012, 131 people were victims of homicide, 14 did not reach their 19th birthday.
The numbers tell the simple story that children are being killed in the streets of Oakland.
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.
I was given unprecedented access to the street memorials, the burials and the ripple effects that follow the violent deaths of Oakland teens, focusing in on the family of Lamont Price, who was murdered in February 2012.
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.