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Pain, anger and a plea for parole

Pain, anger and a plea for parole

Nearly two decades have passed since the night of the murder, and Carleana Kirby has now lived as long as her victim did – about 35 years. She had her first parole hearing Tuesday morning at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup, but the opportunity to plead for early release from a 50-year sentence came only after everyone assembled in the conference room heard and felt the pain and anger of the victim's daughter.

The pain and anger caused by a senseless homicide — lost in memory to all but the surviving relatives and friends in the horrific pileup of homicides in the city of Baltimore since 1998 — was right there, right in front of us.

Crystal Ambrose,...