Senseless gun deaths from Congo to Cohoes
When will the killing stop? This must have been on Marceline Dunia’s mind when she and her family decided to leave their home in the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo to seek safety in the United States. So many had died in the young country’s two wars and still things were not safe for boys. Marceline Dunia was happy that, in the United States, her 10-year-old Johni would be safe from being abducted to become a child-soldier or to work 12-hour days in a cobalt mine.
How could she guess that her son’s life would end seven years later, in the United States, on the Mohawk-hudson Bike path in Cohoes? A bullet killed the 17-year-old who was doing well at Albany High School. It wasn’t a stray bullet from soldiers at war, it wasn’t fired by rebels fighting over conflict minerals, the bullet that killed Johni was just a normal, everyday occurrence in the United States.
That senseless act on the bike path leaves a bereaved Marceline Dunia wondering if the killing will ever stop. eloise A. Brière Delmar