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Leo Thagard III

Age 17

Buffalo, New York

A brief argument, a permanent loss

He was in front of a two-story tan and brown house on Lombard Street. Chairs were scattered along the wire-gate enclosed yard.

Within this Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood lies a community rich in social history. However, these “Forgotten Buffalo” streets are not frequently explored. According to AreaVibes, the district received an F in crime, and Mix96Buffalo ranked it the third most crime-ridden neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.

On June 17, 2018, 17-year-old Leo Thagard III was shot after a brief argument outside of a house on Lombard Street.

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