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Years after murder, hope dims and stigma remains
Years after murder, hope dims and stigma remains

Shamim Rahman kneaded her hands as her youngest son pulled six cardboard boxes from a basement closet of the family's Baltimore County home. "Be careful," she said. Folders, pictures and pages of transcripts and records filled each box — evidence in the murder case against her middle son. Nearly 15 years ago, a jury convicted Adnan Syed in the strangling of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. They were classmates at Woodlawn High School, both children of immigrants, and teachers considered them exceptionally smart and promising. After a breakup, Adnan felt jealous and ashamed that Hae was dating someone else and killed her, according to prosecutors. The boxes of...