Ananias Jolley and Donte Crawford's lives were supposed to change at Renaissance Academy.
The two 17-year-olds are among 95 black youths taken under the wing of mentors at the West Baltimore high school — which serves a population of predominantly male, at-risk youths. The youths take refuge on the third-floor of the sprawling building from a neighborhood riddled with poverty and crime.
It was in the mentoring program, called "Seeds of Promise," that the two students were offered support and guidance in various aspects of their lives, including how to productively settle conflicts.
Those efforts seemed to unravel when Crawford stabbed Jolley earlier...