Esther was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She met and married retired police detective James Lucas and started a family together, they raised two boys James Lucas, Jr. and Carl Lucas. Though she was a good mother and James a good father provider their son Carl became a gang member which put a strain on their relationship. They often found it embarrassing to collect his son from the police station for his gang member lifestyle.[1]

When Esther was killed by one of Carl’s fellow gang members. Carl witnessed the murder and was brought up on charges revolving around the incident [2] He and James Jr. both blamed Carl for her death. [3]

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