Today’s Providence Journal has a story by Amanda Milkovits that has been told too many times in Providence and elsewhere…
PROVIDENCE — A half-dozen boys were on the basketball courts at the Manton Heights housing development on Tuesday evening, shooting hoops and practicing The Jerk dance moves.
By quarter to 8, it was dark, and 12-year-old Joshua Torres was long overdue home. He asked his friend 13-year-old Angel Santiago if he wanted to walk with him. They were heading home when they saw a man about 100 feet away walking to the unlit porch of one of the row houses.
The man was dressed in black. The boys saw him sit down casually on the darkened stoop. He pulled out a gun.
Joseph Hector was shot and murdered on Camp Street over ten years ago. A street shrine for him is kept up by someone who won’t forget. When do we just shake our heads and say it’s a shame– and when do we say, no more?