Jose Webster became my little brother on September 5, 1995. We were similar in so many ways. He had a smile that would light up the room. He was very protective of his siblings. On September 15, 2011, only 10 days after his 16th birthday, he walked out the door and never came back home. He asked our mother to walk his girlfriend home. It was only seven blocks away. My mother told him to hurry back home. Three blocks away from our home, two men approached Jose and shot him 15 times. At that moment, the lives attached to his would never be the same. Two people took my brother away from his family and friends.
He will not be forgotten, and I will honor him with action. I will share his story to help people understand the impact of gun violence.