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Remembering Ashton Wise

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Remembering Ashton Wise

The sixth-grader was senselessly murdered in 2009. Today, his father and coach work diligently to honor his memory and save others

by Glenn Minnis, July 08, 2013

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Remembering Ashton Wise

Ashton Wise

all it does is serve to diminish the tragedy and marginalize the victim.

There are no quick fixes he concedes. The only way we’ll ever again reclaim our streets will be through hard work and patient effort. But, no matter how much time lapses, for Kenneth Wise—much like Ashton's mom, Valerie Mayo, and siblings Kentea and Evander Mayo—the pain always seems to linger.

“Taking one breathe at a time and praying for strength,” said Wise, “that’s a part of my every day.”

Glenn Minnis is a sports and culture writer who has contributed to the likes of ESPN, Vibe and the NFL Magazine. He has also been on staff at AOL Sports, the Chicago Tribune and was the founding sports editor for 360HipHop.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @glennnyc.

 
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