Qadira understood what kind of woman Mr. F desire. Dwayne wasn't going see how he hurt her. She snapped back. "How would you know she was a stripper?"
"Ty got me a fake ID for his bachelor party." Dwayne paused. "He got married and left a widow behind with mom and me."
"It may have been one of PP members who killed your brother," said Qadira reaching across to squeeze his hand. Mario faced flash in her mind and tears flow among the basketball shots and gym shoes pounding the gym's floor. Killing was a given in her neighborhood. She wanted to live not be another body shot down on West Chicago. Got move somewhere safe.
"PP started the Tattle Tale gang to survive on the streets," said Dwayne.
"I don't excuse him for Mario's murder," Dwayne said. "I know why it went down."
"Explain to me what justified his death?"
"In the streets, it’s the gang life or not," Dwayne said slapping his knee as a basketball escaped into the bleacher. He retrieved the ball, rolling it in his hands. Then he set in his lap.
"Nothing makes it okay you taking an innocent life," Qadira said. "Who is he to decide when I live and die?" Dwayne had been hanging around PP too much. The gang leader brainwashed him, Khalilah couldn't do that to her.
"I'm not saying he has power or for you to fear him."
"Say what you mean," Qadira said.
"PP real name is Xavier Bolton born to a drug addict mother who-"
"Khalilah's parents are both drug dealers," Qadira said crossing her legs. "She doesn't go around popping people."
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