A Eye For A Eye," by Wenda Morrone, in All Hallows' Evil, edited by Sarah E. Glenn, Mystery and Horror, LLC, 2013.
A ten-year-old ghetto kid running drugs should be a sympathetic character, I guess. I mean ten year olds don't do that sort of thing without encouragement from people who should be taking better care of them, right?
And Little J deserves a little of our sympathy, but he seems to have plenty of autonomy and street smarts as he works his way through Greenwich Village's Halloween parade, lookiug for the customer who was expecting a bag of dope. Somebody gets killed and Little J tries to find the killer before the cops can blame it on him.
It's an interesting story and the most sympathetic character is the one person who actually seems to care about Little J, a cop who is careful to remind him that if he hadn't been dealing drugs, an innocent man wouldn't have died...