At a time when bemoaning division and hatred has become almost as common as inspiring it, we must be deeply grateful for the the life and hope that have arisen from Antonio Franklin Jr.’s death.
A track star in high school, Franklin was totally in the wrong place at the wrong time a little over two years ago when he was killed by stray gunfire as he stood near the swings in Duncan Park.
Earlier in the day some teenage boys had gotten into a fight, possibly about a girl, that led to an exchange of gunfire that evening. One of the bullets hit Franklin, who wasn’t involved in the fray, in the head. He died the next day at the age of 21.
The facts of his death have a dreary, sad familiarity that’s an invitation to despair. “Guns do not belong in the hands of 16-year-olds,” Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine said when one of the boys, now serving time for his role in Franklin’s death, stood before her in court. “There is far too much of this going on.” Continue reading
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