WINNIPEG — The rules of survival are simple if you live in Central.
So simple, in fact, they can be explained in minutes by these two Grade 3 girls licking rainbow-coloured frosty cones.
They’re metres away from where police were told Joey Victor McLeod was stabbed and beaten to death three weeks ago for wearing the wrong-coloured – white – bandanna and hat.
These two girls weren’t witnesses. But there were at least three other children who witnessed part or all of the fatal Ross Avenue attack while playing outside on a bustling Saturday afternoon. And now, two 14-year-old boys are charged with second-degree murder.
Today, in their unflappable grade school wisdom, these two girls run down the facts: if you’re from north of Slaw Rebchuk Bridge, don’t cross it unless you want trouble. Same goes on the flip side.
If you’re from the inner city rectangle bordered by Sherbrook and Princess streets, Logan and Notre Dame avenues – informally known as Central – you’d better watch your back if you set foot outside those boundaries.
In this concrete mess where garden flowers get stepped on and strangers fear to tread, these kids know the rules.
So how did a 23-year-old interloper from Charleswood end up dead here and two neighbourhood kids become charged with a brazen daytime attack? And how did the alleged killing of an innocent youth by strangers sink so quickly and quietly from the public consciousness?
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