“He is going to be dead soon.”

April 16,2009
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Talia Rivera( )

Talia Rivera is a 33-year-old mother of two. As Executive Director of Villages without Walls, she works with high-risk gang members in Boston. [Read more]

I stared at his mug shot. I remembered. It was another gang intervention. We identified 25 of the city’s most violent gangs and their most influential members. Charles sat across from me. We asked him and others, “please stop.” It was ghostly. Steven Odom crossed my mind. Steven was probably playing basketball as we pleaded with the young man who would soon become Steven’s murderer. When Charles left the room a police officer said, “He is going to be dead soon.” A probation officer agreed. That was August. Charles was found dead, shot on Orlando Street in Mattapan, on Oct. 14, 2007. We had no idea that he would take Steven with him.