Per the Rainier Valley Post, Pierre LaPointe, who was murdered on Rainier in Hillman City last Tuesday "leaves behind a single mom, raising two other children, one of whom is seriously ill and in the hospital as I write this. Pierre's mother had no life insurance on her son and is unable to bury him."
When I first came across the plea for donations, I bristled at the idea of helping out somebody who, judging from his arrest record was some kind of thug. But the RVP's editor got it right, responding to a comment which made the same point:
I'm not sure whether Pierre had an arrest record or not, but where I come from, a person's life isn't defined by some poor decisions and poor decisions don't make anyone - especially a child - unworthy of a proper burial.
Only good can come from citizens of the Valley circling the wagons and helping their own.