What did Phyllisia learn when she puts off going to see Edith (Chapters 17 & 18)?

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In Rosa Guy's novel, The Friends, the one thing Phyllisia Cathy learns that directly relates to her friend concerns Edith's brother, Randy. Phyllisia wanted to go visit Edith immediately after her illness, but she never made it. However, at a small party, Phyllisia learns that Randy has been killed. Randy was running across a parking when a policeman called for him to stop. Randy kept running, and after issuing a warning shot, the policeman fired at Randy, who died instantly. Phyllisia headed straight to Edith's house, but she didn't go inside.