Monday, March 08, 2004

Somebody Got Murdered
A former Shitty Bronx High School student was shot and killed last week. 18 year old Jose Lopez aka Yo-Yay aka Boquita was shot 9 times at point blank range in the lobby of his building. It seems to be pretty widely accepted that Boquita was a drug dealer of at least some importance. Looks like he stepped on some toes. Who'd of thunk it?

Strangely, Mr. Dunn and I had recently taken note of the proliferation of “Yo Yay” tags around the halls. I’d even taken to jokingly accusing Lynn of being “Yo Yay.” As in, "Hey, Yo Yay, why don't you quit tagging up my classroom door with your wack-ass letter styles? You didn't even spell 'Domincano' right."

The kids pretty much lost it, running around crying, tagging everything with “RIP Boquita,” and hanging up posters all over the hall with sentiments like “Let’s get drunk” and “Smoke some weed, B.” Lopez’ brother is a D1 baller at a top 25 school. With “RIP Jose" scrawled on his shoes he hit 23 this weekend as school knocked off the #1 team in the nation. He ended the game with his hands on his knees sobbing.

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