Jose and his younger sister were raised in Puerto Rico by their mother. When he was eighteen a neighbor sexually assaulted his seven-year old sister. As the oldest and only male in the family, he says, he had no choice. 'I went to jail. Attempted murder. I did fourteen years.' In jail he got 'with a bad crowd, started using junk.' His mother passed. With no family left in Puerto Rico, he came to the states.
Homeless, he now lives under the Bruckner Expressway, collecting cans and scrap metal for money. When I asked how he wanted to be described he said 'I got nothing. I don't like this. I don't like being dirty, collecting junk. There is nothing good. Nothing good. Nothing.'
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