A grandfather’s grief: Carl Hardrick, longtime crusader against violence in Hartford, is trying to come to terms with the killing of his grandson, Makhi Buckly

Hartford Courant | The tragic irony of Carl Hardrick losing a grandson to gun violence is profound.

The man who has spent decades trying to save Hartford’s children from street violence and comforting families in loss is now awash in grief himself after his only grandson was killed at age 19 on Memorial Day.

Despite the hard-won wisdom and warnings Hardrick tried to impart on his grandson, Makhi Buckly died during what police say may have been a gun deal gone bad. His funeral was Friday.

“I used to tell Makhi, ‘You can’t trust everybody. You don’t know their intent,’” Hardrick said.

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