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Morgan State's Eugene has put painful memories in rearview
Morgan State's Eugene has put painful memories in rearview

Players on the Morgan State football team call defensive end Chris Eugene "Nine Lives," and not just because of his cat-like quickness as a speed rusher. Eugene was just 9 years old when his life took a most dramatic turn. It was July 4 in the North Miami neighborhood of Little Haiti when he and close friend Gregory Oliver, also 9, had just finished playing basketball, and were walking back toward their homes in the public housing project known to locals as the Pork 'n' Beans. They had nearly made it home when Eugene first heard the shots. He initially mistook them for holiday fire crackers. "Something just sounded funny, and I reacted to what I heard,"...

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