"He (Hendricks) had some prior arrests," [Detective Christine] Mannina said. "But speaking with the family, they seem to be a real nice, cooperating family."
Hendricks' grandmother and guardian told 6News that he had been in trouble before, but was a good kid. She said the former Pike High School student was working on getting a GED.
No one can say with certainty that Hendricks would be alive today if he had stayed in school, but we know the odds are against high school dropouts making it in today's world. If we really want to reduce crime, we need to learn how to effectively educate our children. Until we begin to place a higher value on education, we're going to continue to see more senseless killings like this one.