In Silent Testimony

Was a Connecticut third-grader murdered because he was the star witness in an upcoming trial?

A gritty, wet snow fell on the day the town said goodbye to Karen Clarke and Leroy Brown Jr. The ice closed schools and slicked streets in Bridgeport, Conn., and residents slid helplessly and angrily through their daily tasks. So by the time 600 arrived for the funeral at Refuge Temple Church of God, on Main Street, it seemed as though God had forgotten this place, a small city with big-city problems. "Violence is let loose like a wild boar on our streets!" thundered the Rev. Courtney Williams, a phalanx of fellow ministers behind him hollering agreement, along with worshippers who...

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