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Stephanie Halfmoon

In honor of Jeannie

On May 17, 2017, our lives were forever changed. My Aunt Jeannie had just gotten home from her family’s house and was confronted by four teen boys. They were looking to steal another car, after the one they had previously stolen ran out of gas.

She had just gotten out of her car, and they ran up and tried grabbing her keys. She threw her drink at them, and one of the boys had a gun pointed at her. She reached out to grab the gun away from the boy, and he pulled the trigger and shot her in the face. She died immediately.

The boys took off, and one of her neighbors called the police to come. The detectives found that one of her neighbors had just installed a new camera on his balcony, and it caught everything that happened. They were able to catch the boys who did this. One of them was on his way to do it again, to someone else. Thank goodness they picked him up before it happened again to someone else. Two of the four boys are serving life sentences, and the other two are now out and back in the world.

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