“We live on the rough side of town. Everyone knows that when we heard loud music or sirens, we are supposed to duck for cover and stay there for at least five minutes after the noise has stopped. Last week, however, I could not help myself from standing up the moment immediately after I heard the guns stop.

“The police must have been conducting a raid one of our neighboring half dozen or so alleged drug houses, where people make and distribute drugs. Part of the reason that the cops seemingly never when the war on drugs is that they always try and conduct these raids loud and fast, with an emphasis on the former, which gives these alleged criminals enough time to either run away or flush enough drugs down the toilet, which downgrades any possible charges to a misdemeanor, instead of a felony, which leads to hard time.

“Anyway, the police arrive, and the scene quickly turns into cops versus alleged cons gun fight style shoot ‘em up situation. Bullets are flying everywhere.

“Unfortunately, this was the day, a Friday, that my family was all arriving for my new little brother’s baptism weekend.

“When the shooting began, everyone ducked for cover. However, not everyone was so lucky. In the end, all of the alleged criminals were gunned down, two cops died, and I lost my mother and my new baby brother. My mom had been holding my brother. It wasn’t that she didn’t get behind or under something fast enough. It was that a bullet, which would later be revealed to have been fired by an officer of the law, ricocheted off the wall, went through my brother, and into her.

“In the days since, I’ve been told that I should take comfort in the fact that my mother and brother were apparently dead before their bodies even hit the ground. Whether they are just telling me this to make me feel better or if it is actually the truth remains unclear. However, I just know that my mother and brother are gone forever. And, I have no idea how my dad and I are going to pick up the pieces without them.

“The police officer, who swears to not have shot my mother and brother, but whose gun matches the bullet that killed them has been placed on administrative leave. He probably won’t be fired because he didn’t mean to do it. But, I would still like for him to get fired because it would make me feel better.

“Several lawyers have reached out to my family hoping that we will want to sue the city for what they have taken away from us, which we are planning to do after the funeral arrangements have been made.”