A Bloody Rite

Did he kill a black man to impress a racist gang?

Elkhart, Ind., prides itself on being the recreational-vehicle capital of the world. It's not a place that sees a lot of drive-by shootings. So the city was surprised and saddened on Nov. 17, when Sasezley Richardson, 19, was shot in the head as he strolled through a quiet neighborhood toward his girlfriend's house. He was left bleeding on the side of the road--beside a bundle of diapers he had been carrying for his girlfriend's baby. He died three days later.

Even more unsettling was the twist the case took last week, when prosecutors charged two white teenagers with the murder and...

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