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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.


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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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.


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


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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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