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In this Wednesday, April 22, 2015 photo, Shalga Hightower, mother of  Iofemi Hightower, college student slain in 2007, poses for The Associated Press across the street from the school where the murder happened in Newark, N.J. In the seven-plus years since her college-bound daughter's brutal slaying along with two friends in a case that became a national symbol of urban gun violence, Hightower has been on a mission. It started with a resolve to attend every court hearing involving the six men and boys eventually convicted for the crime, an odyssey that cost her her job and left her family temporarily homeless. Now, a documentary project is aiming to chronicle her struggles and her efforts on behalf of families of crime victims who are too often left to fend for themselves. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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