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Tragedies Unite Suburban, Inner-City Detroit Families Seeking Justice

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Dave Lawrence, right, and Steven Goodin share a moment after a prayer at the site where Lawrence's 16-year-old granddaughter Paige Stalker was killed. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

Dave Lawrence, right, and Steven Goodin share a moment after a prayer at the site where Lawrence’s 16-year-old granddaughter Paige Stalker was killed. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

(Chicago Tribune) – Residents and activists fanned out at a busy intersection on Detroit’s east side, blocks from where a suburban high school girl was gunned down in a car.

Chris Samuel was among those distributing posters about the December killing. He didn’t know Paige Stalker, but a similar tragedy ended up connecting him to the 16-year-old and her family: Just days after Paige’s slaying, Samuel’s 22-year-old daughter, Christina Samuel, was shot and killed in a car a few miles away.

Days after the shootings, Samuel was attending an event in his daughter’s memory when Paige’s grandfather, Dave Lawrence, approached him. The two men walked away from the crowd, shared words and a hug, and have supported each other since.

They have done more than console each other. They have launched a foundation with others aimed at establishing neighborhood groups and developing safety education programs.

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