Editor's Note: This is the second in a multi-part series about the teenage years of Seattle-area creatives. Read part one, Samantha Updegrave's story about Washington's Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen, here.
Dantrell Davis was only seven years old when he was shot and killed by a stray bullet from a rooftop sniper on his way to school in a Chicago housing project. Seventeen-year-old Randy Engstrom was living in Chicago and read about the murder in the newspaper. Engstrom was one of those kids that split his time — mom during the week, dad on the weekends. For him, this meant experience with opposite worlds, one in the affluent Chicago suburbs, the other with a sightline into the history of poverty.