This young man's got his head on straight. Unfortunately, his younger brother joined a gang and is now deceased. So what happened? How is it that two guys from a religious family - both of whom attended a private Catholic high school - diverge so dramatically?
This young man graduated from high school, went on to attend community college, and landed a good-paying job. By contrast, his younger brother dropped out of high school - although he eventually got a G.E.D. - and got into the gang-banger life.
His younger brother was shot in the back in a stairwell at a Gresham apartment complex.
Shot dead at 21 years of age. What the heck happened? Well, according to the successful (and still alive) brother, it boils down to one thing: choices. His younger brother made bad ones.
That kid thought that the way to gain respect was to hook up with a gang.
"I try and figure out why he was drawn to gangs," Jones-Dixon said. "The best I can explain is that I played football in high school, on the defensive side. It was a clique. If someone picked on me, the linebacker would stand up for me."
A gang, he said, can serve the same purpose for a young man trying to find himself.
"That's not an excuse," Jones-Dixon said. "My brother chose the world he was in. He knew the rules."
He just chose to ignore the rules. In doing so, he gave himself two options: prison, or death. And he ended up with death.
On average, there's now about one gang-related shooting every three days in Portland; mostly on the east side of the Willamette River, but occasionally even downtown on the west side.
In late June, people in two cars were shooting at each other as they drove along Interstate 5 near the Broadway exit. One man, shot in the face, turned out to have been shot once before, in 2013.
Think about that: Gunfire on a Portland freeway just before 8 p.m. on a summer night.
And just prior to that, gang-bangers were shooting at each other from cars out near Gresham at around 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning. These guys are nuts. But they actually believe that this sort of behavior somehow gains them "respect".
I guess if you're dead at 21, you got your "respect".