Tonight was supposed to be a happy night for me and all of our collective CVS (Chicago Vocational) High School Alumni who were having our much anticipated ALL SCHOOL ALUMNI Sock Hop Dance tonight at the school gym, bringing the classes together various generations of classes from the 70's, 80's, 90's, but the happiness turned to sadness earlier today when the CVS ALL ALUMNI PAGES on Facebook started getting the posts that one our alumni, Reginald Lanier from the Class of '76 was the security guard killed in the robbery attempt of The Chicago Southside ALDI store on 90th & Halsted.
I was a freshman at CVS in 1976 while Reginald was a Senior, so our classes were connected, so I for one did not go the CVS ALL Alumni Dance at the school tonight for I felt that I would not be good company since this death would have been the third death in one week I have had to adjust to. Just sad to think that Reginald just lost a nephew to gun violence and openly stated he did not feel safe as a security guard in that area, knowing how these desperate acts of violence come as a result of the desperate economic conditions in the community. Nope, he did not feel safe and in less than 3-4 months on the job, his fears of safety are over in the worse way with his untimely and senseless shooting death at his place of work at the ALDI's on 90th & Halsted.
This incident is even sadder when it finally reaches home with someone you know, but the fact of the matter is that these desperate economic conditions in our streets today resullt so many senseless acts of violence that come as a result of someone losing their concsiousness and do something desperate and deadly trying to resove their desperate economic situation. Aned so while, I an others mourn the loss of a classmate on a night that was supposed to be full of joy, the conversation consuming people at the dance tonight will be the irony of this latest loss that happen to hit our fellow alumni on our planned happy alumni night reunion. And I have noit read the rest of the posts tonight so I do not yet know if Reginald was planning to be a part of tonights reunion, but all we do know is that this senseless and deadly acts of violence just took his nephew this week, and today it leaves his 20 year old honor student daughter without her father who is now dead trying to secure others.
The reality is that its personal for us tonight, but before this weekend is over, these desperate acts of violence trying to resolve a desperate economic situation will impact some other families before this weekend is up, and we must brace ourselves for what may be to come as we approach these holiday seasons of Thanksgicing and Christmas when the desperate attempts to address ones desparete economic conditions are going to be deadly yet again.
So for now, our CVS Alumni at the dance tonight have to grin and bear the death of our CVS alumni Reginald Lanier and thank God for what's left in his daughter and that she carry on his legacy and avoid the same tragic and life threatening environments.
My apolgies to my fellow CVS alumni who I had planned to see tonight, after three deaths this week, I didnt feel like good company. Much rather reflect than dance. But I know throughout the dance, there will be much comforting going on still. So hats off to the hundreds who got the word on the alumni page that we lost an alumni, but hundreds of you showed up tonight to party anyway and remember the good times, before we have to assemble again later as alumni to mourn the loss. God bless our CVS Alumni Reginald Lanier and thank God for his life and for the many who are still alive today because he died. God grant us all the strength to get us through. All of our classes salute you tonight as our CVS family member.