Gang, Bang, You're Dead

Caught in the crossfire of a violent culture, a 16-year-old loses his life

The officer helped Carolina pull Junior from the car and laid him on the sidewalk. He walked back to his squad car to radio for an ambulance, she recalls. Carolina had learned CPR during lifeguard classes she'd taken in Chicago, and she tried to revive Junior.

As police lights flashed, she pumped on his chest and screamed out futilely for somebody, anybody, to save her brother.

Hector Soto Jr., 16, was killed in somebody else's gang fight.
Hector Soto Jr., 16, was killed in somebody else's gang fight.
Hector Soto Jr., 16, was killed in somebody else's gang fight.
courtesy of Soto family
Hector Soto Jr., 16, was killed in somebody else's gang fight.

Contact Michael Kiefer at his online address: mkiefer@newtimes.com

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