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In Rhode Island, shared sorrow

Rhode Island responds to Thursday’s nightclub fire with the shared sorrow of a tightknit community

WEST WARWICK, R.I. - At 6 a.m. yesterday, the telephone jangled Lorraine Boudreau awake. On the line was her son Scott, his voice trembling.

“Have you heard anything from Cory?” Scott Boudreau asked from Chicago, where he was watching a TV news report about the deadly fire in West Warwick. “He was supposed to go see that group last night at that club.” As his mother started to answer, he exclaimed, “Oh my God, they’re taking bodies out. Give me Cory’s cellphone number.”

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