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At first the story of Dajha Richards' death was poised to be another daily about a fatal shooting. But as reporter Molly Sullivan combed through her social media accounts, she found a much deeper story of love and abuse.
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A journalist decided to write letters to 103 young people serving sentences in Florida prisons for murders. Could their stories shed light on what made Duval County Florida's "murder capital"?
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A Los Angeles Times reporter spent a year reporting on the high schools in LA County surrounded by the highest number of homicides. Here's what she learned about reporting on trauma.
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For the dozens of Jacksonville kids who have taken part in a crime that ended a life, many said they weren’t looking to hurt someone; they were looking for something to do, and to maybe make a little money, too.
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The children who end up buried the deepest in the criminal justice system were often victims of extensive trauma before they played a part in killing others.
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Prison inmates detail the crippling obstacles faced by many of the Jacksonville, Florida children involved in homicides.
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The effort is bringing together civic leaders, police, educators, community groups and religious leaders. The goals are to curb gang-related crime, help children stay out of gangs, and deal with emotional aftermath of violence.
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While many students seem unaffected by the violence, medical experts say the mere knowledge of killings can cause them to experience their own trauma and lose their sense of safety.
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Their crimes are heinous. Their backstories are heartbreaking. The system was never equipped to help them.
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"Finding families touched by the death of a child was hard," writes Sammy Caiola of the Sacramento Bee. "And convincing them to talk to me was even harder."

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