On Sunday, Sept. 20, at around 2:30 in the morning, a green Ford Mustang crashed into a silver Chevrolet Impala on the corner of Brighton Avenue and Capisic Street in Portland, Maine. The car was driven by 21-year-old Yannick Mulongo, who was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.
Eighteen-year-old high school senior Guy Kitoko was killed.
Guy ran with the tough crowd during his earlier years at Lincoln Middle School and Deering High School, both in Portland. But Kitoko made the honor roll at Deering last school year, and he wanted to join the Marines after he graduated from college.
At the corner of Brighton and Capisic, there was a vigil. Candles, flowers, and T-shirts bearing the name of Kitoko's high school team: The Deering Rams.
The grief was shared by everyone at Deering. All 1,200 students. Including me. Even though I didn't know Guy very well, I knew that he was a talented football player as a wide receiver and special teams player.
Guy was quiet, helpful, and immensely respectful toward other people. He lived in the Riverton Projects, surrounded by drugs, alcohol, and crime. Whenever someone asked Guy about potential tro...
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