A Troubled Teenager at Odds With Life in the Bronx

Added on by Emily Carey Gogolak.

Published: August 23, 2013

*Contributed reporting from The Bronx. 

To those who did not know him, Shaaliver Douse was an example of everything that can go wrong in a young life.

Though only 14, Shaaliver already had two gun-related arrests on his record when he was confronted by police officers early on Aug. 4 as he chased and shot at another teenager in the Bronx. The officers said they ordered him to drop the gun. Instead, he fired again. An officer shot and killed him.

In the days that followed, Shaaliver came to embody the worst possibilities of urban teenage life: a repeat offender caught up in a vicious rivalry with other gang members, one that erupted into violence at a time when most boys his age are home, safely asleep.

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