Destiny's Children: A Legacy of War and Gangs

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Edgar’s story, part 6

A few miles from the soccer field where the Salvadoran army tortured and murdered his uncles and other men from his village, Edgar searches a cemetery. He changes direction several times, finally spotting what he is looking for — his brother Jose’s grave. He has come to place flowers in remembrance.

“My mom brought me back here to El Salvador, because Jose told her some Eighteenth Street gang members were going to kill me in Los Angeles,” Edgar says in a low voice. “The bullet meant for me got him instead.”

Edgar now lies in Sonsonate in the same grave with his brother Jose: the fragile light of his dreams extinguished by an assassin’s bullets. Who killed Edgar Bolaños?