I found out yesterday morning that a former neighbor of ours got shot. He attended our church for some time, and his grandfather still does. I used to watch this kid shoot baskets almost every day out my office window. I feel pretty bad about the whole thing.
I don't know that it was gang related, but I would be surprised if it wasn't. And I feel somewhat responsible. I had every opportunity to reach out to this kid; I knew I should reach out to this kid; he probably reached out to me on several occasions... and I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT! This is not a case of feeling sorry for myself. I am PISSED OFF. Because I could have, and should have, done something a long time ago.
Anyway... I guess he is ok. It just makes me sad, and mad, that I didn't do something. Granted, we cannot be responsible for the actions of others, but we SHOULD feel more responsible for those we are in community with. We should feel an obligation to share responsibility for society's actions. I failed. We failed. We continue to fail.