Daquanta Boyd and her father George Spivey held hands as they approached the red tape that surrounded Daquan’s body. When they arrived, a detective set his left arm on the father’s right shoulder and guided him away. He let out a muted sob before sitting on a step next to the alley and put his face in his hands. “He didn’t bother nobody, he was just a youngster enjoying life,” Spivey said. “Just too much violence in this city. When is this gon’ stop?”
In the days since last week’s shooting, Bloomberg has arguably become one of the key public faces of the tragedy as he bluntly urged the president and members of Congress to offer more than just “talk” in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting. His aggressive posture comes as Bloomberg seeks to transition from being the lame duck mayor of the nation’s largest city to a potentially more prominent role on the national political stage.
“Bloomberg has been fearless in stepping out on big, controversial issues. I think he is on his way to becoming the most influential private citizen in the history of the country,” Mark McKinnon, a Texas-based political strategist who previously worked for George W. Bush, told Yahoo News.