Letter: Teen’s murder should be a wake-up call for community


Claverle “C.J.” Joseph

A 17-year-old, Claverle “C.J.” Joseph, was murdered on his way to the school bus to go to his high school on the morning of April 5 (“PBSO: Teen killed on the way to Lake Park bus stop”). By Thursday, I could not find anything in the newspaper about his death. Why are we as a community willing to accept this boy’s death without more outrage?

I know nothing about this young man or his neighborhood or his life, but I am certain that his family and friends are heartbroken. I also know that his life had value. I cannot accept that we are a community that will shrug off a teen’s death because he is “other” — a different race, economic background or neighborhood than our own.

We should all mourn this high school junior. We need to talk about what is wrong in our community that led to this kind of murder, and why no one was able to protect him after he was targeted a week before. There is an equally important question of why we don’t seem to care.


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