In the opening scene, Lafayette is sitting in his room, listening to his brother, Charlie, or as he likes to call him, Newcharlie, talk about what kind of people and gangs are better
Ever since Newcharlie has gotten back from Rahway, a home for boys, he has been mean to Lafayette, or Laf.
Stupid little mama's boys like Lala
A couple years back, they boy's mother had died from diabetes. Laf had been there when she died, and he could have saved her. Now, Newcharlie always blamed him for her death. The death of their mother left the boys with their older brother, Ty'ree.
I didn't kill her.
Later, Milagros killer.
Also, their father had died of hypothermia, saving a lady and her dog from a frozen lake
When Newcharlie leaves, Laf goes and watches TV.
Ty'ree comes home and greets Laf, and asks where Newcharlie went, although Ty'ree doesn't like to call him that.
YO! Where's your brother?
As Ty'ree fell asleep, Laf thought about Newcharlie. If Newcharile got into trouble one more time, Laf would have to go to live with his Aunt in North Carolina, and Newcharlie would have to go to jail. Laf thought back to when Newcharlie had been sent to Rahway Home for Boys.
Unable to hold in his curiosity, Laf asks about Mama.