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The Cost Of Violence - 04.25.12
BY: GREGG CROTEAU - UTEC Executive Director
At a New Year's party in Lowell in 2011, eight young people were shot, and one, Corinna Oeur, lost her life. The victims and alleged assailants were all under 21.
At the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), our Streetworkers' job description goes far beyond traditional outreach, ranging from hospital and jail visits to assisting parents of youths like Corinna with making the most difficult of calls -- to a funeral home, for their child lost to violence.
After Corinna's death, I sat alongside Streetworkers and 200 youth in a Cambodian Buddhist temple, where you could hear the same two words whispered again and again: sad and senseless.