Dear Marcus: A letter to the Man who Shot Me
On New Years Eve of 1981, thirteen year old McGill was walking home with a friend, when he was struck by the bullet of an unknown assailant, leaving him a quadriplegic for life. This memoir is a personal letter to his unknown assailant, who McGill calls Marcus.
The data surrounding violence and youth is alarming.
According to the Center of Disease and Control, in 2012, homicide was the 2nd leading cause of death among youth ages 15 - 24, and has been the leading cause of death for young black males.
According to the Office of Justice Programs, homicide victimization had increased for teens within a 13 year span of time.
McGill, talks about his life before the shooting, and how promising life seemed. McGill was just getting into performing arts, and becoming quite the athlete, but after 1982 all of his ambitions and dreams changed.
This memoir by McGill is very honest and inspiring. He chose not to let the physical and mental challenges keep him from becoming a beacon of hope to young men and women, who are also facing difficult situations in their lives.
Jerry McGill doesn't make any excuses, he demonstrates how an optimistic outlook on life and determination can help a person overcome some of life's most difficult barriers.
Last year School Library Journal conducted an interview with Jerry McGill.
Jerry McGill interview by the School Library Journal By Amy Cheney on September 28, 2012.