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Mother moved their family to Bristol in 2015 but said she couldn’t seem to keep him away from Hartford

Bill Moore was 24 when police say he fired the bullets that would kill one 17-year-old and injure another.

He grew up in Hartford, Connecticut, and would hang out with friends who lived in the apartment building on Park Street that would eventually become a crime scene.

In the United States, 18- to 24-year-olds make up 10% of the U.S. population, but they represent 21% of people sent to prison every year, according to the Vera Institute for Justice.

And of those, Black men in this age group are seven to nine times more likely to end up incarcerated compared to white men.

When Bill was 18, his mother, Tenesha Lee, says he was diagnosed with psychotic paranoid schizophrenia. She said Bill started to cover the mirrors in his room with blankets because he said people would try to talk to him through the mirrors. As he got older, things didn’t get better. She noticed her son was starting to get into trouble with his friends. Eventually, Bill’s friends began to bully him.

You can read the full story from Connecticut Public Radio here.

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