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Monday, August 30, 2010

Summer Night Lights no more for teenager Miguel "Silent" Machuca

Miguel "Silent" Machuca, dead at the age of 15

The call came at 9;42 PM from my friend Arturo, as I was talking to Former World Champion Boxer Joey Olivo.
Olivo had been contracted by the Soledad Enrichment Action Gang Prevention and Intervention Program (SEA), to conduct boxing clinics as part of the Summer Night Lights Program at Ramona Gardens Recreation Center. We were revisiting childhood memories and discussing Olivo's post boxing life away from the ring, when the call came...........
Arturo had received a call from a mutual friend about a shooting, just northeast of Lincoln Park. Two were shot, they had possible ties to the Ramona Gardens. Nearby gang intervention workers confirm the report of the shooting but the identifications were unknown..........
Sunday dawns and the residents of Ramona Gardens awaken to walls spray painted with the tribute to another young man fallen, "Silent RIP" and other painted tributes are glowing in the early morning sun. The rays of the sun highlight the fact that another "youngster" will join hundreds of other Hazard homies who life's ended much too young. But while being memorialize by his moniker "Silent", fifteen year old Miguel Machuca became the 183rd murder victim within Los Angeles County in 2010. From Christine Pelisek at the LA Weekly.
A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in Lincoln Heights August 28. Miguel Machuca was struck in his upper torso. A stray bullet hit an 11-year-old girl in the back. According to police, Miguel Machuca and another male were on bicycles when they were confronted by two other males around 7:30 p.m. Saturday near North Broadway and North Mission Road. Machuca was shot even though he gave up his bicycle.
As Sunday progresses, Silent's homies gather by the Ramona Gardens Recreation Center, for the traditional car wash fundraiser. Rumors fly about what exactly transpire near the Broadway and Mission Rd. intersection. Who and what if you knew, and if your lips are loose, are a combination one does not want in this crowd. A young girl stands in the street with the donation box as Silent's fellow youngsters wash cars in his honor.
As Silent lays within the cold, sterile vaults of the County Morgue, dozens of his homies and other members of the extended Hazard Family, gather for the ritual consumption of beer and other excesses which will go unmentioned. If these young men were in uniform and fighting for their country, then this scene would be easier to understand. But for one who grew up in the same hood but never stray into gangster lifestyle, this spectacle never loses its repugnant taste. As Silent's family mourns the loss of Miguel, other's take time to partake from the donation box to indulge or attempt to "dip away" the pains of past deaths.
Black and whites drive by to monitor what is all too familiar to the veterans of LAPD. A supposed "intervention worker", who may at one time been part of the crowd in past deaths, work the audience to keep the peace. Some as they consume alcohol or numb their grief in ways left best unstated, think about the past homies who gave their life's for the hood. Some just don't care and take advantage of the free booze and other enticements, but hey, "I can party with my carnal".
In the days ahead, fliers will be posted in the neighborhood announcing the Wake and Burial details. While Miguel's family grieves and plans for his last viewing, Silent's clique will continue to mourn and plan actions to avenge their homie, as taught to them by the previous "OG's".
When the time comes to bid farewell to Miguel/Silent, his two families will gather to say goodbye son/ so long carnal. They will travel together to the burial spot of choice, where his family will display their anguish and the clique will stand together as one. As a parting gift, once in the ground, Silent's clique may pour beer on his final resting place as a tribute to their teenage friend.
Once the services are done, life will return to its usual circular pattern. Police will find witnesses lacking or non-existent. High school students at Lincoln will spend their on-campus time, pondering more thoughts of surviving the latest gang war between Hazard and Lincoln Heights, than the tools that can provide them with the ticket out of this turf war. But as in all past gang killings, some peace will return, at least until the next murder.
In time, people will forget about the shooting on August 28, 2010. A young girl will grow older with the physical and mental scars of her chance encounter with a gang bullet. The grieving of Miguel's family will become muted from us in time, but real to his family for the rest of their living days. The walls that bare Silent's tributes will be painted over, but the rage within his clique, will lead to more senseless trauma. After all, someone must pay for Silent's death.
....... and we all wonder when this senseless slaughter of young life's will ever end.
Your thoughts.............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is it with you and the past tense, Red Spot?

"while being memorialize"

August 30, 2010 5:40 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

?????????????

"Who and what if you knew and if your lips are loose, are a combination one does not want in this crowd"

WTF ARE YOU SAYING, RED SPOT????

August 30, 2010 5:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Goodness gracious. This next one is SO wrong in SO many ways, that I'll just cough it up for the readers to see. It's so wrong, for so many reasons.

"As Silent's family mourn the loss of the son Miguel, other's take time to partake from the donation box to indulge or attempt to dull the pains of past loses."

August 30, 2010 5:44 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Very good job of giving the feel of the situation, Red Spot. But so weird / foreign. From the moniker to the "I can party with my carnal" (WTH is that?), to buying beer with donation box proceeds , to pouring beer on the grave of a teenager .

Can't relate to the scene at all. It all seems so creepy. Glad I grew up on the midwest.

August 30, 2010 7:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Did Pelisek say anything about Zac Champommier yet? Or is she still on her Grim Sleeper victory tour?

August 30, 2010 7:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is a sad testament to the failures of family, school, and law enforcement that these killings continue throughout the City.

And I have to confess, that the consolidation of gang intervention programs under the control of the Mayor is merely more more form of this failure. He is operated it as a patronage and dumping ground for municipal failures from other departments.

August 31, 2010 8:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Anonymous Proofreader:

Good writers write- and they write fast, usually editing details last, if at all. That's why there are editors.

Maybe YOU could be Red Spot's editor. Would you like that? You don't write much, but your syntax and grammar are very, very good. (ya musta got a A!) Apparently you read his work thoroughly and are eager to clarify apparent ambiguities.

You really don't have to insult us readers by "cough(ing) it up" for us to see. For the most part we see it, because like you, many of us also got an A.

The difference is that you seem to have low "ambiguity tolerance," and sense some sort of threat or danger when meaning is unclear. You should Google that term. It might help.

Nice piece, Red Spot!

August 31, 2010 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great piece.

August 31, 2010 9:54 PM  

Anonymous young girl holding donating box! said:

let me make one thing very damn clear every single penny in the donation box was completely all for the cost to be able to give miguel the best we can to say goodbye its pretty insulting towards us close realatives and friends that only wanted the best for him and worked together and truely with our hearts do our best to be able to afford a casket so please be awarw of ur wording and comments with respect to people u have no clue of who or what they do for a living thank u

September 01, 2010 6:00 AM  

Anonymous young gurl holdn da dotns bx said:

let me make one thing very damn clear every single penny in the donation box was completely all for the cost to be able to give miguel the best we can to say goodbye its pretty insulting towards us close realatives and friends that only wanted the best for him and worked together and truely with our hearts do our best to be able to afford a casket so please be awarw of ur wording and comments with respect to people u have no clue of who or what they do for a living thank u

September 01, 2010 6:04 AM  

Blogger MSSG94 said:

FROM THE MOTHER OF MIGUEL MACHUCA TO THE PERSON WHO WROTE THIS , IT REALLY LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE NO CLUE TO HOW IT IS LIVING IN THIS TYPE OF NEIGHBORHOOD OR CITY WE LIVE IN. COPS AUTOMATICALLY JUDGING WHO ARE KIDS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING. THE HARRASSMENT,PUT DOWNS AND PHYSICAL ABUSE THEY INFLICT ON OUR MINORS, NOW YOU YOURSELF ARE A PART OF THEM WITH YOUR STUPID COMMENTS. HOW SAD THAT YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHO MY SON WAS AND WHO WE ARE. WE WERE BLESSED TO GET THE DONATIONS THAT WE GOT , BUT IF THAT MONEY COULD OF BROUGHT MY SON BACK , I WOULD OF GAVE IT IN AN INSTANT PLUS MORE. SO WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANYTHING OF WHAT WAS THE DONATIONS FOR. I'M PRETTY SURE NOT A DIME CAME OUT OF YOUR POCKET, AND FOR YOUR INFORMATION THAT LITTLE GIRL IN THE STREET WITH THE DONATION BOX WAS HIS LIL SISTER NOT A "GANGSTER " COLLECTING FOR BEER YOU DUMBASS. A LITTLE ADVISE IF YOUR NOT GONNA WRITE ANYTHING POSITIVE KEEP YOUR NEGATIVE AND JUDGMENTAL COMMENTS TO YOURSELF.

February 11, 2012 5:39 PM  

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