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We've failed Sherdavia Jenkins, and others like her

We've failed Sherdavia Jenkins, and others like her

I still remember your funeral.

I still remember the white casket, small with only two handles on each side.

I still remember the red teddy bear someone had placed near your head.

I still remember then-Florida state lawmaker Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall weeping over your coffin, then-Congressman Kendrick Meek standing there in speechless anguish, and then-Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio deploring the violence that took you away at just nine years of age. “In our very midst,” he said, “we sit on a crisis of epic proportions’’ that we fail to recognize.

At your graveside, they released a white dove and it zoomed away, skimming through...

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