Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Zion Destiny Walker, and two more Washington Monuments

Zion Destiny Walker, not yet three years old, was beaten to death last month by her mother's boyfriend. I met her uncle by the shrine. He explained the terrible facts gently, with quiet grief in his voice. We spoke of the horrible mistake, the tear in the soul, the pitiful waste, that such violence brings about.

I ran into my old friend Marcus next to the dumpster graffiti memorial for two young men. He told me in his neigborhood, about one guy a year still gets killed. Thank goodness Marcus is doing well, positive, working, and rapping with his hip-hop and go-go crew, The Committee. We had a very meaningful conversation.

The headless and choked teddy bears at the other shrine...

All three of these shrines to slaying victims are in the Anacostia section of Washington, DC.

May we all be destined to walk in a better place...

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