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Annette and Ronald Holt know firsthand about violence among teenagers. In May 2007, their 16-year-old son, Blair, was riding home from school on a city bus in Chicago when the unthinkable happened. An armed teenage boy allegedly walked onto the bus and opened fire, killing Blair and injuring four other people. According to police, the alleged shooter boarded the bus with the intention of shooting an adversary, not Blair.

Ronald says his son made the ultimate sacrifice in order to help another passenger. "He died a hero. He protected a schoolmate. He shielded her," he says.

Months after those heroic final moments, Annette is still struggling to move on. "He was a good student. He was writing rap music. We were encouraging him to write good, clean, wholesome music. He was politically conscious. He was an avid reader, loved by a lot of people," she says. "You know how you're just supposed to let your children follow your lead? I'll have to follow his lead the rest of my life."

First-degree murder charges have been filed against two teens in connection with the shooting. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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