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Lifeless finish children exposes either the depravity and the humanity in gang lifestyles throughout the eyes of a teenaged lady named Cara, a member of a Kansas urban gang. during this surprising but compassionate account, Mark Fleisher indicates how gang ladies’ lives are formed via poverty, kin disorganization, and parental forget.

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She asked with surprise. 24 Fremont Hustlers "I'm Mark, a friend of Wendy's. She told me to be here at noon. " She stared, eyelids drooping, face sleep-creased. "Well, she ain't here. " "Hey, Cheri, Cheri, wake the fuck up. " In the far left corner, wrapped like a cocoon in a sleeping bag and curled up in a padded rocking chair that had lost its rockers, another body stirred. I hadn't recognize the lump as a body when I walked in. A three-cushioned couch sat next to the chair. The darkness concealed the filth and the kids.

Some days at the fountain were uneventful. But other times, Northeast kids would drive by and see Fremont kids, and hell would break loose, according to Fremont kids. I never saw that happen. 18 Fremont Hustlers Cara's mother said she left that duplex because she wanted something cheaper. But Cara said frequent visits by the KCPD from late August to December 1995 pissed off the landlords so much that the family was evicted. Cara said the two landlords were criminals. She told me they owned a funeral home and were arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned for tossing several dead infants enclosed in garbage bags into a dumpster.

When the moment of reckoning came, I was sitting in Wendy's room, talking to Cheri, Angie, Wendy, and Cara, and others as they wandered into and out of the room. Wendy didn't like too many people in her room. This was private space and she carefully protected it. There's little seclusion in communal living, and girls in particular treasure privacy. Wendy permitted a few boys to enter her room-Chucky D, Steele Bill, Glen (her boyfriend from 1995 to 1997), and a few others-if they respected her rules.

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