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JuJu

In memory of Jullian Castillo

On Friday, February 26, 2021, my only son Jullian went to a friend’s house. He was hanging out with two friends in a downstairs apartment. He texted a girl he had been talking to, who lived in an upstairs apartment, to come down and hang out. Instead she sent down her brother and her new boyfriend, who tried to jump my son. My son was able to run out of the apartment and started running down the street. The new boyfriend had already gone into the gangway and start running after my son, shooting. Once my son collapsed, the brother of this girl started beating my son, and the boyfriend shot him more.

My son was shot a total of nine times. He was an unarmed SIXTEEN-year-old child, murdered in cold blood by two adult men. My son was set up and ambushed by a bunch of cowards, for nothing. While these two cowards are sitting behind bars, this girl is roaming free. They have no remorse. Now I have to learn to live without my only son, and his two sisters are now without their brother.

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