This was the most heartbreaking story I've ever read. It made me remember when my father was in a gang. His mom had a nervous breakdown just like Luis's did, and you'd think he'd have gotten out then. He told me that when other members wanted to beat him up, sometimes he would hide. One time they couldn't find him so they killed his best friend. That's when he knew he had to get out.
He thought that because the gang was like a family, they would let him out easy, but he was wrong. They broke two ribs and an arm. They beat him up every time they saw him for a while after that, but it finally stopped.
Luis is so smart to have gotten out of his gang. Now he can live a normal life without having to watch his back and living in fear.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.