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True Christmas spirit, from a slain man's grieving parents
True Christmas spirit, from a slain man's grieving parents

It's a tragedy that has drained the joy from a family's holiday and mocks peace-on-Earth pretensions: James Marcus Howe was shot to death on his front porch in a tussle with thugs trying to force their way into his home the day before Thanksgiving. His wife was wounded and hospitalized, his young son traumatized. His friends, co-workers and Glassell Park neighbors are stunned and horrified by the slaying of the 42-year-old director, an up-and-comer in the world of reality television. And his grieving parents are salting their mourning with prayers for his killers. Police believe it was a random attack, committed by strangers posing as door-to-door solicitors. The LAPD has...

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