Commentary: Aaron Hernandez is Another Statistic But I’m Not

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Aaron Hernandez is done. Whether or not the former New England Patriot tight end is found guilty of the murder charges he’s facing, his life is over. Just another statistic. Since he was arrested on June 26th, the 23-year-old’s troubled past has taken the spotlight—more murder charges and an alleged affiliation to the notorious Bloods gang. The latter is an epidemic, which has long plagued Latinos and African Americans in this country. In the ‘hood it’s a way of life. Growing up in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, NY, I witnessed firsthand the dark influence gangs have over youth.

I was 12 when I met Rene. He was a transfer student from one of the surrounding public schools in the neighborhood. We hit it off instantly—we loved hip-hop and liked girls with curly hair. During the weekends we started doing graffiti on subway cars and park benches. My tag name was Gee Cue, a name derived from my favorite movie, Juice. It was all innocent fun until it was time to “prove myself.” What I didn’t know about Rene, was his and his older brother’s gang affiliations. He wasn’t a transfer student by choice—he was kicked out.

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Jesus Trivino,

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesús Triviño Alarcón began his professional journalism career at Vibe. At 25, he became editor-in-chief of Fuego, the first national English language Latino men’s magazine, and served as senior editor for Scratch, a magazine dedicated to hip-hop producers and DJs. Since then he has guided the editorial direction for MyNuvoTV.com, the online component of the Latino lifestyle cable network, and BET.com's music shows and specials including 106 & Park. Additionally, he has written and reported for the NY Daily News, SLAM, The Source, XXL, Inked, SOHH.com, People.com, Essence.com, and many more. In his 13-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, Demi Lovato, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Willie Colón, Jay-Z, Nas, Jessica Alba, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Kanye West, among others. Today, as Latina’s Entertainment Editor he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do? Follow me on Instagram @JesusTalks and Twitter @JTrivinoAlarcon.

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