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Teen Found Shot To Death At N.O. East Apartment Complex
Police Confiscate Pot, Heroin

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans police are investigating the early morning murder of a 16-year-old.

At about 4 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a call of a man down at a New Orleans East apartment complex. When officers arrived, the victim was laying on his side near the rear of the apartment with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified him as Maurice Mcbean.

Investigators confiscated a shoe box containing about 100 small bags of marijuana and a small amount of heroin. Police said the drugs had a street value of about $1,000.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (504) 822-1111. Callers do not have to give their names or testify and could be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment.



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Aug. 27th, 2003 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure where you work, but it would be stressful indeed if this is any indication of what you're exposed to. (I used to work for the Public Defender's office in a large county. Talk about seeing senseless tragedy...) I hope your day improves and that you can focus on the joys in life.
Aug. 27th, 2003 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Sympathies
i run a community center in a housing development. we lose one kid at least every 6 weeks. i've not gotten used to it, yet. i like to think we save many more....
Aug. 27th, 2003 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Sympathies
even if you save just one, and that child goes on to do great things, you have done a great service...

I have helped others through sucide attempts and depression...but I would not be here today if not for people much like yourself
Aug. 28th, 2003 06:51 am (UTC)
This is truly a sad story, and one we hear too often. What I find puzzling is that the article mentions that drugs were found. What does that have to do with this boy's death? If they found substances that had a street value of over $1,000.00 then the killing couldn't have had anything to do with the drugs, if it had, wouldn't the murderers have taken them?

I think too often this is society's way to find an easy villian, "it was the drugs that killed him." If we take away the drug angle, then we have to try to look for the real reason why so many young men are being killed every day, and that could be even scarier than, "Drugs."

Sorry for getting on my soapbox, I'm not critisizing you. I am critisizing the people who report this stuff and always try to use "drugs" as an excuse for why we live in such a messed up society. Forget the fact that we have a failing school system, especially in the south, where it has never been a tradition to educate the lower classes. Forget the fact that 2% of the population controls 80% of the wealth, and wants even more! Forget the fact that so many people have been pushed into poverty with no hope of ever climbing out of it. Let's just blame it on the drugs. Isn't that easier? At least this way the rich can feel better.

Okay, okay, I will stop now. There did I make you feel better? Maia, I have to look up to people like you who are willing to try to stick their fingers in the dyke and make an attempt to save these kids, who society has given very little, or no chance at all. I know that I couldn't do it. If I had to see what you see every day, I think I would go crazy! I have to echo the sentiments of the person who said, that if you can save even one child, you have done a world of good. Keep on doing what you're doing, you're braver than I am, and you have more patients too. We need more people like you, and it makes me feel guilty sometimes that I know I don't have what it takes to be one of them.
Aug. 28th, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)
i understand what you are saying, but truth is that these murders are almost always drug related....all but one since i have been out here have been. that one was gang related, which, in the end, is also drug related. these kids get involved in dealing for the dealers...there is a lot of money to be made...and more to be stolen.
but, yes.....they are drug related because of underlying issues. because our school systems suck. because these kids and their families are condemned to a life of poverty in the projects, or isolated out in the east.
i can paint a picture for you. i have a 16 year old in my GED class (the one the school board turned away from the class). he can't be in the class because those under 17 must attend day school in the city. he can't get to the city. his family doesn't have transportation or money to get him there. he seems to be a good kid. however, he will spend the days kicking around with nothing to do. even if he did look for a job, no one will hire a 16 year old drop out. one minus well mark "FAILURE" on his forehead. he is a prime target for gang initiation and drug dealers. these kids see the dealers in their 4-runners and lexus cars. looks like a perfect life. i've told this kid i want him in the center at noon everyday and we will work on getting him his high school diploma. i know my chances are slim, but i am relentless. if he is not in, i will be at his door.
there was another a couple of months ago...a kid getting ready to go to college on a football scholarship. scholarships are grand, but what pays for food and other things at college? drug money will. he got busted. lost the scholarship. where is his future?
in a society where 11 year olds are getting pregnant and 8 year olds are carrying guns (both facts in my neighborhood), what can one do?
has the system failed? that is too simplistic. the "system" really does do a lot for our kids. i think a lot of the problem rests with people who don't get out there and do something. people who do not realize one hour a week tutoring a kid will keep him from ending up dead, or behind bars. no, i don't think the problem is with our system, but with our society. i hear it all the time. people heard the story i posted on the news and shrugged their shoulders...who cares? that was out in the east...happens all the time out there. or another kid is shot in the projects. "what is wrong with those people?" if every person hearing that news story dedicated just one hour a week, what a world of difference that would make! we donate lots of time to our kinks. we spend more time watching violence on television than time spending to stop it in real life.
i ask my kids if they want to get out of here. i ask them if they want to raise their families "up in here", as they call it. they tell me, "it don't matter. i aint gonna live to be past 18 or i will be in jail." they know their realities. i just refuse to accept it.

Never give up -
no matter what is going on;
develop the heart.

Too much energy in your country
is spent on developing the mind
instead of the heart.

Develop the heart.

Be compassionate
not just to your friends,
but to everyone.

Be compassionate;
work for peace
in your heart and in the world.

And I say again:
never give up,
no matter what is happening,
no matter what is going on around you.

Never give up.

H.H. Dalai Lama
Aug. 29th, 2003 04:39 am (UTC)
I don't think the system is entirely at fault, but it does play a big part in what is going on. I can't understand why we can't take the lessons we learned from achohol prohibition and apply them to what is going on now. I agree that it is hard to tell a kid that he should take a shit job slinging burgers at McDonalds when he sees that he can make $500.00 or more a day selling dope. It is the prohibition that is causing the inflated prices on the drugs, and until you take the profit incentive out of it you're never going to stop it. Cocaine is worth three times it's weight in gold! And that is because our laws make it illegal, if we were to legalise it, the price would drop overnight. Also if you made people who want to sell it put up $30,000.00, much like when a bar owner, or liquor store owner, gets an achohol lisence, they would not risk such a valuable investment by selling to minors, just like how it works with booze. You can control sometihing that is legal,much easier than you can control something that is not.

I do realise that most of the killings you're talking about do result from the illegal drug trade, the point I was trying to make is that our media seems to want to blame everything on drugs. A train is derailed and they find that the conductor has a roach of weed in his pocket. The headlines wiill read "Train Derails, Conductor found with Marijuanana." They will neglet to mention that the railroad had been sighted constantly for safety violations, let's just blame it on drugs," I just know that that evil conductor smoking his weed made that train jump it's track."
Aug. 29th, 2003 09:28 am (UTC)
i guess it is hard for me to point a finger at the system when i think the system should stay out of our everyday lives and stick to repairing things they already fuck up like foreign relations. and, yes, drugs should be legalized. i absolutely hate the commercial that claims drugs support terrorism. so very unrelated. legalize it and tax it.
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