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William | by Photography by Corey Deshon
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William

At 56 years old, William is the oldest of 10 children. He was a gang banger until his late teens when he claims that "his mother finally got to him." He then worked construction until joining the Navy where he toured the world for 20 years. Upon exiting, he returned to work construction for another 13 years until the work finally dried up. He has now found his way to Los Angeles where he lives the "retired life," and helps keep the public streets of Silverlake clean by picking up trash around the many major intersections and restaurants. To this day he continues to preach kindness and positivity, and says that if his story can help keep even one kid out of trouble, then he will be a happy man.

 

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Taken on July 4, 2014