An 18-year-old high school senior was shot and killed Saturday night, and St. Petersburg shrugged. Why aren't parents and teachers and community leaders speaking out about the loss of another young person gunned down on a neighborhood street?
It could be race. Latedra Everett was black. It most certainly is geography. She was killed in front of a home at 638 26th Ave. S in the Harbordale neighborhood. That is in the southern portion of predominately poor, primarily black Midtown. Middle class St. Petersburg residents are generally not going to be found on 26th Avenue South at 10:30 on a Saturday night.
This is not about the St. Petersburg Police Department. The police believe the shooting was deliberate, and they are investigating. This is about the indifference of a community. Imagine the reaction if a high school senior was shot and killed on the street in Snell Isle or the Old Northeast in St. Petersburg, or in Palm Harbor or East Lake in North Pinellas. It would not be this quiet.
Residents in those neighborhoods would not put up with gunfire and killings of teenagers on their streets. Residents of 26th Avenue S and Midtown in general should not tolerate it, either. In fact, all of St. Petersburg would be up in arms and demanding better if Everett had been killed in front a more fashionable address. All of the city should be just as upset now and supporting their fellow residents who live in an area where the sound of gunfire can be as common as a barking dog in other parts of the city.
Latedra Everett was a senior at Boca Ciega High School. She hoped to graduate in January. Now she is a crime statistic. Where is the outrage?