Bad Blood

Too many shootings in the city have this in common: escalating anger over an old grudge soon leads to murder. But did a 2-year-old boy have to die?

If the killings have had one positive effect, it is this: The bloodshed prompted R to reevaluate his life and take a step away from the streets. That awful night on Turner Terrace, he explained, "woke me up. If babies are getting killed, then they sure don't give a damn about my life. ... When Dernae and his son got killed, we was just like, 'Niggas turning into animals, acting like they didn't grow up together.'"

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