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General Jackson’s Last Hurrah

Part Four

Manny threw himself on top of Rosita. The second officer aimed his gun at the General.
“Put down the weapon.”
When the General ignored the order for a third time, the officer fired, striking the veteran in the heart. As he lay dying, the General called out to the officer. “Give the kid in the alley a decent funeral.”
Manny took a look at the fallen veteran. “Waste of life.”
The officer removed a two-way radio clipped to his shoulder. “Unit 374 need backup and a bus for one civilian badly wounded.”
A few minutes later, a team of paramedics burst in the door.
"Officer, where is the victim?"
"Over there but it's too late, he is gone. You might as well call the ME.
While his partner gathered names, addresses, and phone numbers for the shooting report, the officer turned to Manny. “Sir, we need to check out what the old man said.”
Manny bit his lip and turned to one of his customers. “Will you look after Rosita for me?”
 “Sure, honey,” the woman, said, holding the pregnant woman’s arm.
Manny led the officer into the alley across the street. He froze at the sight of Arturo’s lifeless body.
“That does it,” the bodega owner said. “After Rosita gives birth, we’re returning to Columbia.”
When they walked back to his bodega, two detectives were questioning his wife.
Manny handed them a wad of napkins. “You'll need these, it stinks real bad out there.”
 The detectives signaled to the officers. “Stay here. We’ll be back.”
A month after Arturo and the General were laid to rest, the police found Carlotta working in a soup kitchen on the Lower East Side. She’d gone there to keep a low profile. When Carlito, the drug dealer who’d wasted Arturo, came after her, Carlotta ran into a downtown precinct, returned what remained of Mrs. Weatherly’s jewelry and money, and told her story, figuring a jail sentence better than an early grave.
                                                                    
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