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Yvonne Abraham

Staying alive, building a life after battling on streets

For more than a decade, the decisions he made as a troubled 13-year-old have defined his every hour.

He chose the street because it seemed easy, and because he loved it. And then, because he couldn’t leave it: While other kids were learning the things they needed to be in the world — how to make eye contact, do math, drive — he was busy making mayhem, or being locked up for it.

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