In the story, "On the Sidewalk Bleeding," why did the cop say "a Royal" at the end of the story?

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pearlepratt eNotes educator| Certified Educator

 Andy is the main character in this short story. His member ship in the Royals, a street gang, has recently been the central focus of his young life. He took pride in wearing the purple silk jacket and the message that it sent to those who saw him wearing it: he was a Royal – tough, proud and invincible. When he was stabbed in the alley, however, he desperately wanted to escape this gang symbol that led to the attack. In his desperation, he removes the jacket and struggles with his dying breath to push it away. Still, when the police officer sees a young man stabbed to death in the street next to a purple silk Royals jacket, he immediately concludes that the death is due to gang warfare. He never knew Andy personally, but he knows that deaths such as this one are typical among those involved with gangs. The story suggests that the case is then virtually closed and the investigation over