14-year-old is shot to death in Brockton

14-year-old is shot to death in Brockton

There are 60 comments on the The Boston Globe story from Jun 5, 2007, titled 14-year-old is shot to death in Brockton. In it, The Boston Globe reports that:

“In terms of youth violence, this is the youngest I recall ever”

Edward Leate was home late Sunday afternoon when he heard three or four popping sounds outside. via The Boston Globe

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Jimmy1Time

Brockton, MA

#2 Jun 5, 2007
Its time the people of Brockton get off their arses and start getting involved with whats happening in their community. Its time for the CV population to start to mingle with the rest of the residents. WAKE UP!

MKM

Since: Apr 07

Brockton, MA

#3 Jun 5, 2007
Jimmy1Time wrote:
Its time the people of Brockton get off their arses and start getting involved with whats happening in their community. Its time for the CV population to start to mingle with the rest of the residents. WAKE UP!
Jimmy1Time,
When you say it's time the people of Brockton got off their asses what exactly do you suggest? I feel helpless. My kids aren't the problem. I've done my job raising good citizens who are an asset not a liability to the city. I'm involved in my community but what can someone like myself do about the gun violence? Too many poor excuses for parents have raised trouble children who are out shooting eachother. What can I do to change that? Be careful when you group us all in together. Not everyone in Brockton sits back on their asses. There are plenty like me that care and try to make a difference.

MKM

Since: Apr 07

Brockton, MA

#4 Jun 5, 2007
MKM wrote:
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Jimmy1Time,
When you say it's time the people of Brockton got off their asses what exactly do you suggest? I feel helpless. My kids aren't the problem. I've done my job raising good citizens who are an asset not a liability to the city. I'm involved in my community but what can someone like myself do about the gun violence? Too many poor excuses for parents have raised trouble children who are out shooting eachother. What can I do to change that? Be careful when you group us all in together. Not everyone in Brockton sits back on their asses. There are plenty like me that care and try to make a difference.
Jimmy1Time
Quite a bit of the violence occurs between the CV population. Personally I think the mayor and his representatives are not doing a very good job pressuring the CV community to get things in control. Where are the parents of these thugs? Where are the Cape Verde groups and associations and how involved are they with these families? Personally I'm sick of it all!!! There are plenty that feel the way I do.
angie b

Brockton, MA

#5 Jun 6, 2007
i think it is pretty sad that all these young people are dying.this obviously means that someone is not doing their job.you can't even walk downthe street without being scared.i walk to work almost everyday on main st. mind you i'm only 17 years old. i.m soo scared towalk down the stret in braod daylight. i don't think any one should be scared for their life walking down the street.
Tony

Brockton, MA

#6 Jun 10, 2007
Parents sometimes know more than they want to face up to. Turning a blind eye won't make it go away. Brockton isn't a safe place because there are too many blind people.
Sebastian

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Jul 9, 2007
It's not just the Cape Verdean community. It's a bunch of kids who are from different races and backgrounds who think it's cool to have guns. The problems do not lie only in one ethnic background or race, it's widely spread. whether it be Cape Verdeans, Puerto Ricans, Whites, Blacks, Asians...every demographic has it's "bad" people. So do not point your fingers at the Cape Verdeans. Point it at everyone, because every race and ethnic background in Brockton, MA has it's bad seeds. And to MKM and Jimmy1Time, if you have a problem with the CV community and are dying to see them change, then you should get off your ass and go work with them yourself. stop expecting everyone else to do the dirty work. I'm tired of Brockton in total. The city should be cleaned out.

MKM

Since: Apr 07

Brockton, MA

#8 Jul 9, 2007
Since you know so much about what's happening in Brockton why not tell me who's shooting who and why? Since you're sick of Brockton and think it should be cleaned out please give advice on how that should be done Sebastian from California. Don't talk to me about getting actively involved, I am. I don't sit on my arse. The facts are what they are. The problems in Brockton involving gun violence are not spread across all groups and backgrounds. Should I apologize for that?
Reunion

Kite, GA

#9 Jul 10, 2007
The problem is people are staying in a state of anger all the time there, I know I live there most of my life, and so the young people stay that way as well, and when they see there parents not handling life problems the right way they think it normal to shoot or beat yell and swear at someone who does not go along there thinking and living, No not all the parents at fault, Some of these young people and young adults are this way because they choose to be, they feel that everyone is against them, for what ever the reason, Our communitys are at fault as well, for they are teaching by the way they are Making Choicses, The life style there is hard no matter which way they turn, the Pay there is low, and the work is hard, and then you got the Cold weather to deal with, it is a constant negitive life there,its oppressive there the goverment is not helping out, the rents are high, the morgages are out of Control. the insurance Car and Health is extremly high. and they are made to have it, or they dont get any medical help. now how kind is that, The Hospital are greedy as well, things there are not easy to handle, and thats why you get these gangs, and missunderstandings, yes the communtiy needs to do More, But it does Come down to the parent being there finding out where there child is at all times, and following through and finding out if there their or not, found out who their friends are, ect. and that way if they come up hurt or killed you know the last person that was with them, and then you will find out what went wrong, but until this is done you will have these problems, and the court system needs to step up to the plate and follwo through with the Law. the young people know that you wont stay in jail long even if you take a life, lets keep our eyes on the Judges and Lawers. to see if there doing there job,
Sebastian

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Jul 11, 2007
MKM wrote:
Since you know so much about what's happening in Brockton why not tell me who's shooting who and why? Since you're sick of Brockton and think it should be cleaned out please give advice on how that should be done Sebastian from California. Don't talk to me about getting actively involved, I am. I don't sit on my arse. The facts are what they are. The problems in Brockton involving gun violence are not spread across all groups and backgrounds. Should I apologize for that?
Since I know so much? are you serious? we all know that many teens hold guns. It isn't just the Cape Verdeans. Are you that blind? it's many different people. Hello! there are Black gangs, White gangs, Asian gangs and so forth. I've had friends from Brockton High School (all different ethnicities) who were in gangs. You think out of all those gangs, the Cape Verdeans were the only ones with guns? are you serious? And check this out, I'm not Sebastian from CA, I'm Sebastian born and raised on the south side of Brockton for 25 years of my life. How about that? so I've seen and know very well what goes on. And what did i do about it? i went away. because if i was stupid enough to stay and raise my son there he would be dead. Brockton is not getting better, it's getting worse. Believe it or not there's nothing that's going to change that...except to clean out the city. It's sad to say but it's the truth. I'm not discrediting you for you efforts in trying to fix it up,(thank you for that) but i doubt you can...but hey, it's good to keep on trying. And yes you are wrong MKM from Brockton, the violence IS spread, and you should apologize for your comment towards the CV's because it's not just them. My cousin was just murdered 2 days ago in Brockton...shot 5 times while leaving a party. and who did people see do it? a young Caucasian teenage boy. The violence is spread all over.
Kriola70

Scotch Plains, NJ

#11 Jul 11, 2007
I agree with Sebastian's comments. Violence
is not just segregated to the cape verdean community it is widespread. If if the people in Brockton are so concerned why hasn't a meeting taken place between the official and the cape verdean community. Where is Mayor Harrington? I am sure if Yunits was still if office a meeting would have already taken place.
Anonymous

Chestnut Hill, MA

#12 Jul 23, 2007
The Kid was actually Haitian.
Ashley

Flushing, MI

#13 Jul 25, 2007
im 14 and im cape verdean. im from brockton. just because u know someone who is cape verdean that isnt doing much, doesnt mean you take it out on all of us. my parents care, they raised 2 kids who get good grades, know how to behave, and dont do drugs. for a cape verdean family in brockton, i dont think thats just sitting back on our asses. my parents both work and my mother works two jobs. so dont even talk about cape verdeans. shootings in brockton do need to stop, but its not just cape verdeans' fault. its whoever is doing the shooting, they could be any race.
Just an opinion

Randolph, MA

#14 Jul 30, 2007
I don't live in Brockton but I have seen the violence that has occured there since moving to Massachusetts. I believe that it is going to take the entire community to turn Brockton around. There would be no drug dealers if there weren't drug users. There would be no gangs if everyone refused to put with them. It's funny how you can't find a gang memeber when something has gone bad yet there are so many gang memebers in Brockton. It all comes back to parenting. Parents are not doing their jobs. No child should be out on the streets at 3:00 in the morning and yet there was a large group of them at the party. Where are the parents??? What are they doing?? Most of them are either using or dealing drugs themselves or their at home making the next generation of poverty stricken people. People need to get off their asses and do the right thing. Not everyone in Brockton is messed up. There are plenty of hard working parents who care and work hard for their kids. For those who don't, they are the ones who need to be addressed and dealt with. No more money for every kid you have. You don't get 50 chances to prove what a terrible parent you are. The city needs to step up and draw a line in the sand. If we didn't accept the trash in Brockton, then it wouldn't continue to grow.
btschy

Kennebunk, ME

#15 Jul 31, 2007
WELL WELL, the truth is that no one wants to really say that there is a problem of the parents and the church and city leaders and police deptmnts. No one will stand up to the gangs and or interfere with the drugs that are being dealt and hoping that all of the derelects will kill themselves off. that is the truth of the matter. I moved from the Brockton area,years ago and I was born and raised in Brockton. We had the Northside and Eastside South and of course the Westside wealthies..When my children were raised up my eldest was teased and bullied. We moved for the sake of my children I moved far away. But you cant run away from the actuality of what is happening when you cant afford to move. I was lucky to have been able to save my children. But the real way to take care of the problem starts with the society in general and the parents and church. Something has to happen with society, the human race is becoming to hardened to death, destruction and no one cares.
Reunion wrote:
The problem is people are staying in a state of anger all the time there, I know I live there most of my life, and so the young people stay that way as well, and when they see there parents not handling life problems the right way they think it normal to shoot or beat yell and swear at someone who does not go along there thinking and living, No not all the parents at fault, Some of these young people and young adults are this way because they choose to be, they feel that everyone is against them, for what ever the reason, Our communitys are at fault as well, for they are teaching by the way they are Making Choicses, The life style there is hard no matter which way they turn, the Pay there is low, and the work is hard, and then you got the Cold weather to deal with, it is a constant negitive life there,its oppressive there the goverment is not helping out, the rents are high, the morgages are out of Control. the insurance Car and Health is extremly high. and they are made to have it, or they dont get any medical help. now how kind is that, The Hospital are greedy as well, things there are not easy to handle, and thats why you get these gangs, and missunderstandings, yes the communtiy needs to do More, But it does Come down to the parent being there finding out where there child is at all times, and following through and finding out if there their or not, found out who their friends are, ect. and that way if they come up hurt or killed you know the last person that was with them, and then you will find out what went wrong, but until this is done you will have these problems, and the court system needs to step up to the plate and follwo through with the Law. the young people know that you wont stay in jail long even if you take a life, lets keep our eyes on the Judges and Lawers. to see if there doing there job,
sick and tired of this

Portsmouth, VA

#16 Aug 4, 2007
I just Graduated from Brockton High in 04 when I went to high school and lived in brockton it wasn't as bad as it is now. This all gang related. My dad is a Cab driver in brockton he has seen many of shootings in past 2 years and my Aunt who owns a bar in downtown Brockton was right in a middle of a shooting right out side her bar during a Hip Hop night she was having one night at the bar. I hate to say this that most of the shooting are between CV gangs and of course there are other Races inloved in theses gangs but most of them are CV.
sick and tired of this

Virginia Beach, VA

#17 Aug 4, 2007
I'm from Brockton and now live in Key west fl don't know why it say Charlotte hall MD
Carly

Needham, MA

#18 Aug 8, 2007
It's time for kids and parents to get together as 1. I've seen to many of my friends classmates and associates put to rest. Killing is bullshit people dont deserve for their life to be taken. Im a resident in brockton and daily i see people throwing their lives away whether its drug related or not. We need stop discriminating on different cultures and come together because without everybody's help we aint getting anywhere

And to "OBSERVING Wellesley, MA" we dont need people like you talking like this on the website. you didnt know marvin and you didnt know what he was about so how could you say "with these achievements, the family couldn't see this coming?" it doesnt matter what school you go to anything can happen marvin was a young teen tryna make a living like every single one of us. his death was at the wrong place at the wrong time basically like everybody's death around here. So next time you go critizing someone like that think twice about how hard it is to survive!!!
annonymous

Charlestown, MA

#19 Aug 8, 2007
well im 16 & i am trying to start something like a peace walk in boston, since 12 of my friends have been killed due to a gun and it is REALLY REALLY hard since im a teenager & now adays all adults think im a thug just like the rest of these kids as they say. Most of us kids are really productive and smart but when we have NOTHING to do but hang on street corners & stay in the streets. What else do you think is going to happen. there is going to be confrontations & yes theres going to be fights. and there stupid yes. but we have no support from adults when we do something positive. Most of these kids dont have an adult in there life who can say OH MY GOD
THATS GOOD. so therefor we run to our friends who we are more volnurable to. But yeah i agree with alot of the adults here.. but constant was the most loving caring friend i knew. so as for most of you people talking bad about him. you guys didnt know him to say he was a horrible kid.. yes he had trouble but who doesnt. well thats all i wanted to say....
Belive

Kite, GA

#21 Aug 12, 2007
It comes to either being mean or not being mean, this is a choice peolple, where there is no God there will be strive and hated, where there is God there is love and respect, the plan of salvation of jesus christ is the answear, but NO Mankind dont want this kind of life there afaid there will be rejected and set aside, well jesus was, but he kept walking and doing the right thing, he did'nt take life, he laid his life down so others could find life, when one takes his brothers or sister life over drugs and drink,and truf something is missing. and that is Christ himself, We need to relize that God is Watching and listening to everything we say and do, how can we do such things when we know He (God) is watching, he the last one who will make a jugement on us, it is better to live right and have Christ as our personal Savior. when we stand before him our sins are forgiven, we then can help others out, we are living in a selfcentered time, but god wants us to live for him and be that light, if we dont have him, then we are living for the Devil and I dont have to explain what he does, oh yes I do, He takes life by using human being that are not right, and mean and hateful and full of anger, that how he does his bidden. so who will you live for, Yourself and Satan, or for Christ and others, it your Choice, he gave you a free will and he wont make you do anything against your will, He wants a relationship, Not a dictatorship where others control you, so it up to you, now what will you do with Jesus now that he been precented to you? will you go Satan ways or will you except Jesus, when you pick Jesus you have peace, but if you go your way you will have sorrow all the days of your life,
anonymous

Chartley, MA

#22 Aug 12, 2007
well anyways to the person that started this topic,im from brockton i moved from randolph to brockton in 02(bad move) i was a friend of marvin he used to be in my class before BB russell his parents knew nothing about him being known to the police,being in gang related activity or any of that stuff his parents had to be informed by marvins friends about this

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