Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Daily News: "People Pay”

Jill Porter chronicles the cost of violence.

It was an infamous shooting, even in a city where mayhem is routine.

Because the bullet that struck 11-year-old Joe Jaskolka in the head wasn't fired at him with malice.

It wasn't fired at him at all.

It fell from the sky in a shower of celebratory New Year's bullets just after midnight Jan. 1, 1999.

If a loss of life to gun violence is incalculable, the costs of surviving a catastrophic injury the way Joe did are chillingly specific.

They also can be measured in actual dollars.

The cost so far for the bullet in Joe Jaskolka's brain, according to his father's estimate?

Fourteen million dollars.

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