13 is too young to die
Sometimes assignments hit too close to home.
This morning while at work, I got a call from my wife about an issue with my 13-year-old daughter. It was nothing major but it frustrated me because it was something that we have told her not to do but she continues to do it.
Less than 10 minutes later I was sent to Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. Early Sunday morning 13-year-old Eternity Gaddy was shot in the head while visiting her aunt. This morning she died from her wounds.
As I arrived at the scene of the shooting, Eternity’s family was cleaning their niece’s blood off of the sidewalk. It was incredibly sad.
As I sheepishly shot the clean-up, I couldn’t help but think of my 13-year-old. I know that children need structure and they can’t be allowed to do whatever they please but seeing the despair in the eyes of Eternity’s family made the petty issue that I had been upset about earlier seem immensely insignificant.