ARDENA MARIE CARTER
March 12th, 1979 - September 11th, 2003
You always had my back, Dena-D. Now I'll forever have yours. Today, we were informed that the U.S. Attorney got the approval to charge that bastard who snatched you away from us with the death penalty. Imagine that. Two years to the very day your body was found. It's been real hard without you, babygirl. So hard. Too hard. Usually we'd be tearing up the mall's right about now. Shopping and buying like some high-level divas. Gotta tell you, the holiday's just 'aint the same. Not since you and mommy left. I'm acting like a big-ass baby right now, pouting and carrying on. I'm still mad, I'm still sad. Folks just don't understand. And you know how your big sis hates to make a spectacle of herself, but hey. What cha gonna do. So, like you (and Pac) always tried to remind me - I'll "Keep My Head Up." And try to "Smile." I know you and Mommy are looking after us. I'll try and hold it down 'till we're all face to face again, baby sis. 'Til then.
PS - I really meant what I told you.....When I grow up, I wanna be just like you.