A friend and community activist, principal of Havenscourt Middle school, recently asked me to come to his school to work with youth to build an altar for 14-year-old Jorge Luis Barraza, Oakland's 92nd homicide victim. I was really sad to hear about how this boy died, a beautiful life cut short, and to see how death affects his peers and the community.
Jorge Luis Barraza was killed by a 16-year-old friend who said he didn't think the gun he held was loaded. The shooting happened on 72nd Avenue as Barraza sat in a car with some friends.
Barraza was in the right front seat, and the 16-year-old boy was in the left rear seat. An officer said the other 14-year-old occupant of the car had taken the clip out of the gun, leaving the 16-year-old to think it wasn't loaded. But there was still a bullet in the chamber.The officer said the 16-year-old "was playing around" with the gun, pointed it at Barraza and pulled the trigger. The bullet struck him in the head. Barraza died at 9:06 pm at Highland Hospital.
Read full story at Oakland Tribune.