Family Shooting Narrative

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The last time I went to visit family in 2015, grandmother pointed out every shooting to her memory in the past year, “the house next to this one had a couple fighting and the woman got shot,” “The arcade became a bar and has had two shootings this year,” “Right there, we saw a carjacking by gunpoint.” She seemed unphased by the amount of violence near their home. She and my grandfather, Nonno, had become jaded from the long-lasting violence near them. All I could think while being in Kankakee was, “get away.” Ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks rushed past the house every few minutes, meaning something terrible must have happened too often.
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