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ANATOMY OF A SHOOTING: A THREE-PART SERIES

Grace: 3 of the suspects in Omaha boy's shooting faced trouble at home, with the law

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When J’Tavion Smith was in his early teens, his mother’s boyfriend was at the center of incidents that led a state child welfare worker to determine that J’Tavion’s home was volatile and unsafe.

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J’Tavion Smith, 18, appears in court on May 8. He is accused of being the shooter who wounded 13-year-old R.J. Eckhardt on March 29.

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Jaqueris Allen

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In 1999, Jaquez Turley’s mother was pregnant with him when she was charged with shoplifting. She would be charged with a series of crimes over the course of Jaquez’s young life.

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Jaquez Turley, 19, in court on May 8 in connection with the shooting.

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Kheana Noutoua

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J’Tavion Smith appears in court on May 8. He entered the juvenile justice system at age 16, when he was arrested multiple times on suspicion of unlawful occupancy and obstructing a police officer. 

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Columnist Erin Grace has covered a variety of beats since she started at The World-Herald in 1998 — from education to City Hall and from the city's western suburbs to its inner-city neighborhoods. Follow her on Twitter @ErinGraceOWH. Phone: 402-444-1136.

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