By John Kelly, columnist
The Washington Post
December 26, 2016
In April, a 6-year-old boy was shot after someone kicked down the door of his apartment in Southeast Washington. Two bullets passed through his left arm.
“Non-life-threatening injuries” is what they would eventually call it, but his mother, Bianca, was understandably upset. She cradled the boy, the younger of her two sons, and awaited the ambulance. Bianca’s son kept saying, “Stop crying, mommy. I’m okay.”
Said Bianca: “I was like, ‘You are not okay.’ ”
Bianca asked that I not use her sons’ names or her last name. No one has been charged in the home invasion.
The boy was treated at Children’s National Medical Center, where doctors were fighting to save the life of another innocent victim: a 7-year-old girl shot in the abdomen while walking home with her parents a few miles away.
Bianca’s son was discharged from the hospital the next morning. In some ways the cruelest twist awaited them when they returned home.
“Our stuff was gone,” she said. “TVs, clothes, the jewelry . . . .”
Since the front door had been kicked off its hinges, she hadn’t been able to shut and lock it behind her. While Bianca and her sons had been at the hospital, their apartment was stripped of its contents.
“I don’t know who took it,” she said.
Life has not been easy for Bianca, though in the days after the shooting, things improved, thanks to Community of Hope, a local nonprofit group that works with homeless D.C. families and is a partner in The Washington Post Helping Hand.
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