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Monday with Mitch: A teens-and-gun tale that doesn't end with a funeral

Published 06/10/2013, Tribune Media Services

He walks in the room with a plastic helmet over his head. He sits. He takes off the helmet. You can see the damage on the right side of his head. Sixty days earlier, he had gone to a best friend’s party, things got out of hand, and as the party was breaking up — with some kids cheering “East side” and some “West side” — a gun was fired, and Balaal Hollings went down.

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