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Dahleen Glanton: Mothers of gang members must wake up and see their sons for who they are

CHICAGO - Micheail Ward was sentenced this week to 84 years in prison for killing Hadiya Pendleton. At Ward's age of 24, that amounts to a lifetime.

Some would say that Ward, a gang member who was in and out of trouble with the law, had been working his way to this point for a long time. But his mother apparently never saw it coming. Maybe it's because she would not open her eyes.

In an interview during the waning days of her son's murder trial last summer, April Ward sat down with

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