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I’ve heard many of my elders say that when they were a child back in the day, people could leave their doors open and suffice with a screen door into all hours of the night. Why? Cause they knew the people in their neighborhood and thought nobody’s crazy behind would come in and do them harm. It was chill like that. Kids could walk the streets with their friends or alone and not have to be looking over their shoulders every five seconds. But boy, how things have changed.

After hearing about the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, a young boy from Borough Park in Brooklyn, I was probably just as stunned and disgusted as everyone else who heard the news. That a little boy could be walking down the street to meet his mother, get lost and think he could trust an adult to help him only to be VERY wrong hurts. This innocent child was abducted, murdered and dismembered by a man from his neighborhood who would later say his actions “may” be wrong–a blatant display of how sick some people in this world have become. And to think, this all got started because Leiby wanted to walk home alone.

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