A Godsend For Brooklyn's Angriest Streets

Flip through the funeral book at St. John Cantius Church in the East New York section of Brooklyn, and you'll begin to get a sense of life on some of New York's toughest streets. Sister Margaret Smyth, the associate pastor, points to the entry for 17-year-old Julia Parker, who lived around the corner on Wyona Street. As she was taking a walk last summer, she was shot through the head. Gang members "thought she had squealed to the police after her boyfriend was murdered," says Sister Margaret. A few lines down is the name of Veronica Corrales, age 9. She had just come back from a trip to an amusement park in New Jersey and was waiting in the family car as her relatives unloaded the younger kids. A stray bullet pierced the car, killing her.

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