Christian Martinez, Maricela's youngest son, shows off his new "02" tattoo on April 17, 2009. The tattoo is a reference to the East Austin 78702 zip code where the Booker T housing project is located. Although not necessarily directly affiliated with a specific gang, many youths in the community claim strong allegiance to "the 02", showing their neighborhood pride with hand signs, tattoos, red bandanas and red and black tee shirts. Maricela bemoans the influence the neighborhood has on her children and her powerlessness to stop it. "I know I raised good kids. I know I gave 'em good education," she said. "I've taught 'em good manners and everything, but seeing them get sucked into all the violence and all the gang activity that this place represents - that has been my greatest struggle."