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Donnie Andrews dies at 58; killer an inspiration for TV character
Donnie Andrews dies at 58; killer an inspiration for TV character

Like the television character he helped inspire, Donnie Andrews lived by a code. In his earlier years, when he was robbing rival dealers as a young hustler in West Baltimore — experiences that would later form the basis for the popular Omar Little character on HBO's Baltimore-based crime drama "The Wire" — he vowed to never involve women or children in his crimes. But after confessing to a murder and helping authorities bring down a crime syndicate, he took on a different mission: working to prevent youths from going down the same path he did. Andrews, 58, died Dec. 13 in New York City, where he was attending an event as part of his efforts to promote a...

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