Would you mind listening to me right quick?

Dear Editor,

Seven murders since Nov. 10! This is factual information coming from the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Now this is my opinion. When will it stop? How much will it take? How many obituaries do you need to see filled with pictures worth a thousand words full of joyous memories? How many mothers do you need to hear screaming at the top of their lungs, weeping and shouting kneeled down on both knees, “My baby!”

Is this some new day and age where putting R.I.P. daily on Facebook posts, putting pictures on a shirt, smoking, drinking, being peer pressured and saying things like “man this hurts” is common place? I mean things have gotten way out of hand, corrupt and erratic! This violence has to stop for this generation, especially our young black men.

What is it that gets you so upset to the point where you can’t communicate verbally? What is it that gets you so upset to the point words can’t seem to come out your mouth?

One pull of a trigger and you’ve taken a life away. You’ve taken a son, a brother, a grandson, a nephew, a best friend, a loved one away because of some inconsequential matter. Is it drugs? Money? Whatever it is, it has no equal value of life.

Yes I’m living right in the picture; I’m living in this city too. Surround yourself around positive people in a positive environment doing positive things. Think positive, be positive is what we can all do.

The fight for justice is now beginning. We need you. We need you to be the voice; we need you to take full force charge; we need you to stay in school so you can live large.

St. Pete, what is it? What do you need? Ask for it, shout for it or even scream. A mother shouldn’t have to bury her child; a mother shouldn’t have to endure the unbearable pain of her baby being dead. Not only have you taken a life, you’ve taken away what could have been a positive impact on this world.

Get it together. What do you want out of life? Do you want this? Do you want to be next? Do you want to be a part of this horrific statistic? I’m sure you don’t.

This stupidity is palpable. The mental thought process is not at a high enough level to communicate. Social media has gotten way out of hand. Jealousy has risen above the skies.

There are families hurting; there are financial obligations and expenses that have to be made (funeral arrangements). A mother has to pick out her baby’s last attire. A mother has to say goodbye to her son—her baby, her child. Nothing in life is worth taking a life.

Rest in peace to the seven young men in my city.  St. Petersburg, justice will be served!

~ Dwineshia Latimore ~

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