Finding the Right Way to Go

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2009 at 11:33 pm


Derrion Albert (Picture courtesy of CNN)

Words cannot express how saddened I am by Derrion Albert’s death. A senseless crime that truly did not have to happen. Derrion was an honor student at Christian Fenger Academy High School in Chicago. Derrion was his grandfather’s pride and joy, to which he said “we lost a really dear friend in my grandson. He was a blessed child.” Derrion was a kid who did not allow his environment to change him, but he sought to change it for the better. Derrion’s will to succeed and thirst for knowledge was matched by other young African American youths’ anger, loss of direction, and hopelessness.

Derrion’s murder has many calling for assistance, help to save those who have succumbed to a life of crime. In a Chicago Sun-Times interview, Charles Barkley, a graduate of Fenger echoed what many are feeling: “Our community needs to be saved…We need to reach out to our youth and let them know the right way to go…”

Finding a sense of community, unity, and peace will be difficult, yet we can no longer lose another Derrion to acts as this.


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