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Lakeshia Scott and Paul Coleman

In memory of Paul A. Coleman

On September 18, 2015, my son was set up to be robbed. He was invited to a location to hang out with guys at his college, but when he arrived, the guys he knew from school weren’t there. Two other guys were. When my son wouldn’t give up his money, he was shot in the face at point-blank range and died.

They never took any money from him; they just took off running. They left him for dead, while the guys he thought he knew called his cell to create an alibi while he lay dying. Six and a half years later, I’m still going to court because my son’s killer is appealing year after year to get an early release.

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