Malcolm Brown, 12, and his 7-year-old brother, Brajon, played in a secluded stairwell at the Oliver Wendell Holmes School in Dorchester.

A loss of innocence

Young brothers' lives are example of the lure of gangs

By Donovan Slack
Globe Staff / July 1, 2007

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The rumbling beat of a violent rap cuts through the sweltering afternoon heat, an antidote to summer boredom on the front stoop of a Dorchester three-decker. Seven-year-old Brajon Brown knows the lyrics by heart. He raps about gangs and guns and killing, scrunching his face for emphasis on the parts about dying. (Full article: 1387 words)

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