In this “game” that we live and die by, but we flourish even if for a season, why would sacrificing a child ever be an option or justified reason?
While questioning and endless soul-searching about “the game” and the life ,I realize that it is too many sleepless nights. Too many nights hoping he or she is still alive or not behind bars.
I can’t fathom for the life of me, why did Donnell have to die?
In this “game” that food, clothes, and families get fed, but still why would anyone sacrifice an innocent child?
Why would a child’s life even be deemed equivalent to any drug debt or street beef? Why would we sacrifice life for the trap, or for any street beef.
We leave our families, take trips down south to carry weight, but our children and any child in our family did not decide his or her fate?
What could be more important than the life of a child?
What can’t be purchased?
Is everything for sale?
Do we only worry about the here and now and stay so high and drunk that our minds will not deviate from the for the self-destruction and obvious short time gratification?
Are we programmed to eliminate each other, and we are aware of it, but choose to not take heed?
I have links to the stories about Rich Alpo and Wayne Perry below and feel free to click on links, if you are not familiar with THIS story.
What I wanted to do was not just get teary eyed and speak my heart. I wanted to glance at the article of Donnell’s murder and it was too hard to finish at first, but if you are out there in these streets, promise me that you will not jeopardize a child’s life by shooting into a crowd.
Promise yourself and your mother’s and grandmother’s that you will not be responsible for anyone’s child getting buried before they have a chance to become a teenager.
Promise me that you will not abandon your children when they need you the most, for this lackluster hyped, but deathly and misleading damaging thing that we all call “the game.”
Here is Donnell’s story.
Read it and make sure that you make it home and not end up in a tragedy as the one in the movie “Paid In Full.”
Body of a Boy Found in Bags On Bronx Path
By DONATELLA LORCH
Published: January 30, 1990
The body of a kidnapped 12-year-old boy whose finger was cut off and sent to his family in December to pressure them into sending ransom money was found Sunday afternoon wrapped in plastic bags off the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx, the police said yesterday.
The body of William Porter of 155 West 132d Street in Manhattan was found on a bicycle path near the parkway’s City Island exit by a homeless man looking for cans, Lieut. Raymond O’Donnell, a police spokesman, said. It was less than a mile from where the body of his older brother, Richard, who the police said was a crack dealer the kidnappers wanted to pay the ransom, was found shot to death on Jan. 4.
William’s body was inside 14 black plastic garbage bags, stuffed one inside the other. It was clothed in clean white sneakers, blue jeans and a white shirt. The body was badly decomposed but not cut up or dismembered, Lieutenant O’Donnell said.
William was kidnapped the morning of Dec. 5 as he walked the four blocks from his home to Public School 92. For 48 hours his abductors tried to extort as much as $500,000 from his 25-year-old brother, Richard Thomas Porter, the police said. On the second day the kidnappers cut off the boy’s right index finger and left it in a coffee cup in a bathroom with a minute long tape of the child pleading with his family to pay the ransom.
‘Get the Money’
”They cutted my finger off,” William’s voice said, shaking, on the tape, a police official said. ”Please help me. Get the money. I love you, Mommy.” On Jan. 4, Richard Porter was found shot to death near Orchard Beach Park, less than a mile from where William’s body was found Sunday. He was shot several times in the head and chest and the police found $2,239 in his pocket.
Detectives have speculated that William was kidnapped because of his brother’s drug dealing and that Mr. Porter was trying to negotiate without the help of the police when he was killed. They said Mr. Porter sold about $50,000 worth of crack a week. He was convicted of drug possession in April 1984 and of weapons possession in November 1984. The investigation is focusing on rival drug dealers and those who extort from them.
On Jan. 16, a drug-dealing associate of Mr. Porter’s was found shot to death at 149 West 132d Street. Stanley Harvey, 24 years old, of 716 St. Nicholas Avenue, was found dead of several bullet wounds on the fifth floor of an abandoned building. Investigators believe the three killings may be connected.
Investigators say they are looking for a 1989 two-door black Nissan with the New York license plate number 7HL209, in which Richard Porter was seen in Harlem the evening before his body was found.
Pathologists will try to determine whether William was killed before or after his brother was.
Crying on the Phone
William’s mother, Velma Porter, 44, discovered her son was missing at 4 P.M. on Dec. 5, when he did not come home from school. At 5 P.M., she received the first of seven telephone calls, with William crying on the phone. A caller believed to be male asked for $500,000 in ransom, but Mrs. Porter said they could not afford the ransom.
The next day, a caller told the family to go to the nearby McDonald’s restaurant, and a family friend found two rings there that belonged to William, a cassette tape and a two-inch piece of an index finger.
The last contact with the family that the police know of was made on Dec. 10, police officials said, when a woman handed a note to a child in upper Manhattan and told him to deliver it to William’s aunt. The note said the boy was in pain and needed medical attention.”