In a separate incident, the coroner's office released the identity of a 15-year-old murder victim.If you get “young felaz” tattooed on your body, you don’t plan on getting old.
Hilary Campbell of Boutte was found shot many times in the head and chest on Jan. 3 in the afternoon in a remote grassy area near Industry and Press streets, Gagliano said.
Campbell's identity came to light when someone recognized descriptions of Campbell's tattoos and told relatives the tattoos belonged Campbell, Gagliano said. He said the tattoos, "Young" and "Felaz," stood for Young Fellows.
This one hurts, too. It’s got to hurt. If it doesn’t, it needs to start hurting.
Given Campbell’s tattoos, that fact that he was a runaway, and the manner in which he was killed, one might think he was up to no good and that’s why he was shot. Even if that were true, and I don’t know if it is, we as a society failed him long before he was murdered. More than one of us allowed him to start down his path towards being young forever.
That’s what hurts.
And the "separate incident" was our 11th murder of the year.
UPDATE: Another murder. WWL says it is number 11, but I count 12 total.