A few of the extraordinary people you’ll meet in How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence

LaToya Winters, a recent college graduate from the West Side who lost several family members and friends to violence and saw her own mother spend time in prison:  “Gunshots in our neighborhood was like hearing the ice-cream truck.”

Julian, a nine-year old from the Near West Side whose brother was shot dead one Halloween:  “Everywhere I go, I always am a little bit of scared.”

Timothy Clark, a South Side gang member: “My loyalty is a curse and a blessing at the same time. It’s like a job. It’s a 9-5. You can’t tell your friend you’re not going to help him fight. But sometimes I feel caught up, like a twig in a tornado.”

Daisy Camacho, a DePaul graduate who survived a shooting that left her close friend dead: “To this day, I have a really hard time thinking about the guys who shot us. I kind of just feel like they're a part of some system that turned them into this, you know?”

Deshon McKnight, who grew up on the West Side: “I got a gun when I was 13. The chiefs of the block, the upper generals of the block, they buy the guns. And as soon as you walk up there on the street, they gonna tell you that you going to need one.”

Diane Latiker, a South Side resident who opened her home to young people in order to get them off the streets:  “I like to get the ones who are the shooters, the ones who want to do the bad things to our community. Because I believe that’s all they need, somebody to get to them.”

Max Cerda, who spent 18 years in prison for a gang-related murder:  “I was in a trance—a trance of hate and confusion. You know, like a terrorist. To me, I was a soldier. I didn't see myself as a criminal. I wasn't a dope-dealer. I seen myself as a soldier.”

Ernie Purnell, a nurse in the Cook County Trauma Unit at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital: “A lot of people think you can get used to watching a young person die. You don’t get used to it.”

Jaime Miranda, a Near West Side resident attempting to get out of the gang life:  “It’s hard to be in a gang and to try to leave. It’s really hard. When I started wanting to leave, there wouldn’t be a day where I could go to school and not be afraid. Every day I was afraid for my life.”

Harlon Keith Moss Jr., a retired Chicago police officer: “Once the police actually start treating people with respect, then some of the respect, if not all of the respect, will come back to the police. Because, as things stand, the police disrespect pretty much everybody.”

Cathlene Johnson, the general manager of a West Side funeral home: “I’ve been with mothers where their children have been the victims, and mothers whose sons are the perpetrators, and neither one of them can understand it. Sometimes it’s like you’re talking to the same person.”