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I don't get why people are getting mad at the others pointing out the insensitive wording. This article could have been written much better, and the use of "white guy" and "ring up" are far too casual when speaking of a death. However, "just a few plants" that went towards "funding his education" is complete BS so I, myself, am about to get insensitive. If you can't afford school or need money there are plenty of scholarships, grants, work studies and jobs to be had. I imagine if I had a friend or family member who was shot to death I would be incredibly shocked and saddened, but also extremely aware of how those circumstances came to be. I find it offensive then, to ask students and people to donate to a charity named for him and "Rally for Justice" when hardly anyone remaining at the school knew him and no one is willing to share the truth of the gritty details. I am a CIA student and I had to Google him just to find out what happened. How about rallying for awareness of the perils of getting into drug dealing? Or promoting student job fairs to help students earn the money they need? I have known far too many people who have been robbed on the regular because of even minor drug dealing and I'm fed up with people being so nonchalant about it. It may pay the bills, and you may only sell to friends, but it's dangerous. Friends and family of Brandon should absolutely continue in their search to find his killer, but if I see a single other item dedicated to him and supported by the school I swear to God, I'll start a petition. This wasn't cancer, or a car accident or someone who died attempting to save another person's life, and I don't want to give money to an institution that doesn't see the difference. Something is wrong with society today when we're moping over the loss of celebrities to coke-overdose and stories such as these. Real heroes act honorably even in their secret lives.
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