Letters to the Editor

Preventable deaths

Miami-Dade County’s first homicide in 2014, was the murder of a child. Eric Wilson, 15, was the first person murdered in our community. One of the latest homicide victims is 14-year-old Gabriel Figueroa. Like Eric he, too, was gunned down.

Unfortunately, teenagers living in Miami-Dade, as well as around the country, are at high risk of violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, homicide is the second-leading cause of death for all young people between 10 to 24 years old and the No. 1 killer of black males between 15 and 24 years of age.

The good news is that homicide is classified as a preventable cause of death. That means we are able to prevent it. Parents don’t have to live like this, and our children mustn’t die like this. Only our children can save themselves from themselves. As parents we must teach them the reality of their mortality and the risks associated with violent lifestyles.

Queen Brown, Miami Gardens