I was walking home from a party, in the comfort of my white skin, when I learned of India Kager’s murder. We went to the same high school and shared a common mentor, but I will never understand what it’s like to walk in her combat boots. She served in the Navy and played four instruments and was the mother to a four-month-old baby boy. I will never forget the day that I received a text message from our mentor, informing me of her death, but the world will forget (if they even noticed) because there was no video documentation. Her murder only made local news and mostly not more than a headline. We walked through the same hallways, but I will never understand what it’s like to walk in her skin. But I can imagine. “Caught in the crossfire” is my alternative genre paper for my WR 100 class, “Reading Disaster.”
SARAH HIRSCH is a rising sophomore in Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, studying theatre. She was born in the District of Columbia and raised in several places in the DMV area. Sarah cannot thank Professor Jessica Bozek enough for her guidance, encouragement, and wealth of knowledge.