The Cincinnati Enquirer sends 60 reporters, photographers, and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week at the height of the heroin epidemic in Ohio and Kentucky.
A look at three neighborhoods in Cincinnati—Avondale, Evanston and Walnut Hills—through the eyes of 14-year-olds who routinely witness violence and poverty:
“I don’t understand how somebody can take somebody else’s life.”
Jalen Owensby says out loud what students at her school have been thinking since two of their Withrow classmates, Jashawn Martin and Tyann Adkins, were shot and killed in March.
But Jalen, who lives in Evanston, has been trying to make sense out of losing people to violence since she was six years old.
Grief counselors at Archbishop Moeller High School, an all-boys school, work with teens who have lost loved ones:
“Phillip begins to speak even more in this session. He says his father died of heart failure which was a result of quadriplegia. The death was not expected, he says, but it was not a surprise. He tells the class that when he held his father’s hand that night, it reminded him of his mother’s hand. He says he can still feel how cold her hand was.
“‘I remember touching her hand and trying to wake her up. It was the coldest thing I could ever feel,’ Phillip said. ‘When I touched my dad’s hand it was still warm, but it reminded me of it so much.’
“After the group, he said he is glad to be a member. ‘It’s enjoyable. You can actually talk and you realize there is a brotherhood. There are people you can go talk to.'”