Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Over the last couple of years in and around our neighborhood, including our own fence have been tagged. Many of our sidewalks starting get a lot more tags at the beginning of the school year starting in Sept. 2009. Last night a 12 yr old boy was stab to death by another rival tagging gang member who was 18 yrs old.
When I went to take Phred for his walk around 3pm, there was at least 10 APD police vehicles, 5 house's east of ours. Many of the adults and kids were standing about and no one would say what happened. There was also at least 2 news helicopters and along with 2 of our own APD "eye in the sky". It turned out a young lad of 12 yrs old, who attended the junior high, that is located behind our home across the street. The same junior high school that my kids attended. This was all very sad and we still haven't figured out how our neighborhood boy was involved. He was either a witness or the one who did the stabbing. Either way it is a sad state of affairs.
Tonight they are having a meeting at the Jr. high and all the news vans are there to talk to people.
Jeff felt sorry for the boy until he learned he was a tagger. We have had our sidewalk and brick fence tagged a couple of times. The city will come out and clean up the mess for you, now. This was only after so many complaints from residents about the city giving you tickets and taking you to court if you didn't take care of the tagging yourself.
So our tax dollars go to cleaning up tagger problems and it just makes Jeff so pissed off. This last time Jeff ended up sand blasting the fence himself, because no one came out from the city for a few of weeks. They promise to show up within 3-5 business days, yeah right. Then we even got a letter saying they had taken care of the problem and would we rate how well the job was done. Hey, city of Anaheim, guess what you didn't clean it, we did after waiting for 2 weeks for somebody to show up. Duh! So you can see where Jeff wouldn't have much sympathy for these kids. Jeff was born and raised here in Anaheim and he doesn't like it when the gangs mess things up for everybody else.
I hope this turns something bad into something good and there are no more problems from other gang members. Unfortunately, we know this is not how it works and one reason why Jeff elected not to attend tonight's meeting. He felt if he complained, there would be retaliation if & when they found out where we live. Of course, most of the people around here know me, know my dog and know what kind of car I drive. I regularly walk right across the street from where the stabbing happened.
I am saying blessings for both families involved. This is how "gang wars" start and I can only hope that someone in these families will be strong & smart enough to put a stop to any more deaths.
Thanks for listening to my bitching tonight.