East Palo Alto has been home for many years, and I remember the first day we moved in. I remember a neighbor kid knocking on our door asking our parents if they had any other little boys to play with. It’s funny how you can remember certain snapshots in life so vividly. That kid and his family have been longtime friends of ours for over 4 decades. He and his siblings are parents and grandparents now. My brother and sister are also parents now, and I am the proud of uncle of 8 nieces and nephews.
Over the years I have witnessed the city of East Palo Alto evolve from a small town with a bevy of corner convenient stores into a bustling city with a Four Seasons Hotel, an IKEA, and numerous other department stores but, in spite of all that progressive development, one thing continues to occur.
His name was, Brandon Lamar Bradford Jr., and he was 19 years old. He was gunned down in broad day light yesterday, Wednesday 12/14/2011. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.
RIP, Little Solider, may your death inspire peace ….
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