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Adrian Walker

Alexandra Zapp’s parents fight to prevent more tragedies

Andrea Casanova’s kind manner and easy laugh ­obscures a decade of unimaginable pain, followed by iron purpose.

For a decade, she and her husband, Steve Stiles, have waged a quiet but ­ferocious campaign to wring positive change from tragedy. They are the parents of Alexandra Zapp, a ­beloved resident of Boston and Newport whose life was taken in 2002 by a man who never should have been on the street.

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