The grandparents who raised him used to call out “Bebo, Bebo!”—baby, in Spanish—to rouse him from his sleep.

Friday morning their “Bebo”s were wailing calls of grief mixed with “Te amos” and inconsolable cries of “Oh God, oh God.” These calls did not raise young Javier Martinez, the latest fatality of gun violence in New Haven, from his white flower-draped coffin.

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