My abuela used to tell me to stay off the corner
You heard what happened to Mrs. Rivera's daughter?
See she had got caught in the crossfire right there in broad day
Shot her in the back trying run in the hallway
Abuela means “grandmother” in Spanish. Joell’s grandmother doesn’t like to see him out in the streets with the drug dealers. She also tells him about their neighbor’s (Mrs. Rivera) daughter, who was an innocent bystander in a shooting. She was hit in the back from the crossfire as she was trying to flee. This is a common occurrence in poor neighborhoods, especially poor, Latino neighborhoods. It’s not only the drugs that ruin poor people’s lives but also the nonstop, senseless violence.
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