Sense­less gun deaths from Congo to Co­hoes

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - PERSPECTIVE -

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

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