Eddie and Angel have grown up in the same neighborhood and with the same people and situations. Although Angel has strayed from the moral path, he is still a major force in Eddie’s life. Therefore, when Angel pressures him to avenge his cousin’s murder, Eddie struggles. On the one hand, he feels sorry for his aunt and angry for his cousin; on the other hand, he does not want to place himself in the middle of a gang war.
Though he loved his cousin, Eddie tries not to think about Jesús, who was killed in a club. Self-preservation is important in his neighborhood, and Eddie knows that if he gets wrapped up thinking of his cousin’s murder, he will get into trouble. He wants to avoid trouble, and he just wants to make a living and keep to himself. In his mind, there is nothing that will bring his cousin back, and there is no sense in getting himself killed or incarcerated by seeking revenge. He tells Angel, “whoever iced mi primo…He’ll die soon enough.” Eddie knows that whoever killed Jesús is living a gang member’s life, and it is inevitable that he will someday meet his match—and then his maker. His solution is to wait until justice serves itself.
Angel, on the other hand, says he wants revenge now and that Eddie should be the one to help destroy the one who killed their friend. Reminding Eddie that Jesús respected him, Angel tries to convince Eddie to help him. Angel believes that revenge is necessary and says “let’s get the dude so Jesús and him can be equal.” He believes that blood brothers support and protect each other. Therefore, to Angel, there is shame in not avenging the murder of someone who they grew up with.