A Brief Life in the Killing Zone

A young Chicago boy's murder prompts an antigun crackdown

THOUGH ONLY 7, DANTRELL DAVIS HAD ALREADY witnessed more fire fights than most U.S. soldiers. Since March, two of his classmates at Jenner Elementary School in Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing project had been slain, and Dantrell was well experienced in running for cover at the first sound of gunfire. But he never heard the shot that killed him on Oct. 13, when a sniper opened fire from a 10th-floor window as Dantrell walked to school with his mother. The rest of Chicago did, and Dantrell's death sparked yet another agonizing debate over how to stop the inner-city slaughter.

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