Following His True Colors

<p>Eddie Lustre</p>

Eddie Lustre

10 a-m this morning -- Eddie Lustre opens up his barbershop for the day.

6-days a week, you can find him there trimming and chopping away hair for his regulars.

But Eddie's life was never this simple -- barely over a year ago, he found himself embedded in the gang-life.

Eddie lustre
Former gang member
"I was into doing drugs and stuff, gangbanging, just things that were worth nothing," said Lustre.

For three years, he struggled with the decision to leave or stay in the gang--after having lost one of his closest friends to gunfire in 2009.

But it wasn't until August of 2012, when another one of his running mates, Jobany Martinez, was killed on the Naches River, that's when Eddie knew what he had to do.

Eddie was asked by Martinez to come out to the river that day, fortunately for him, he had to work.

Had he gone out, he may have risked losing his own life, that's when he finally decided it was time to make a change.

"I just realized it's not really the lifestyle I want to live; I don't want to be six feet under or in jail my whole life," said Lustre.

Since then, Eddie has committed himself to his wife and nearly two year old daughter, opened up a barbershop in Union Gap, and finished high school with the help of one of his teachers.

He also plans on attending college in the near future.

"I want to go back to college, and try to be an electrician; have two degrees," said Lustre.

Red, blue, purple or black---those are the colors that dominate the gang life here; now, the only colors Eddie Lustre sees are the ones in the eyes of his wife and child.

"They push me a lot to be better," said Lustre, "Because that's what they want to see; they want to see me do good instead of just low-life-ing it."

The trial of the murder suspect in the shooting which prompted Eddie to leave the gang, Lameiro Efren Flores', is expected to get underway this Monday.