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Mayor Booker Finds Ray Lewis Inspiring

Oh, please:

This is the same Ray Lewis who was charged with two murders, and ended up with a deal to plead guilty to obstruction of justice in exchange for testimony against the two other suspects in the murders. USA Today had a great piece a few days ago on the families of the victims who don’t share in Booker’s “inspiration.”

Slayings not forgotten, Ray Lewis not forgiven

It has been 13 years since two friends were murdered in Atlanta after the Super Bowl, and their families still question the involvement of the Ravens linebacker.

Priscilla Lollar still doesn’t believe her son is dead.

Any day now, she hopes he might finally return from Atlanta, walking through the door of her home in Akron, Ohio, as if nothing happened on the morning of Jan. 31, 2000.

“If I truly accept that he’s not coming back … ” says Lollar, her voice trailing off. “I don’t discuss him in the past. I don’t really acknowledge anything.”

Deep down, she knows he’s gone. She knows it every time she turns on the television and sees Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis — a reminder that her son, Richard, has been dead for 13 years, stabbed to death outside a nightclub in Atlanta, along with his friend from Akron, Jacinth Baker.

Their murders remain unsolved. But as the anniversary of their deaths approaches — and as Lewis dances into the sunset of his NFL career — the victims’ relatives are still seething at him. While Priscilla Lollar says she’s “numb” to Lewis, others want answers. And justice.

The rest here.

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