‘We’re all afraid of death’: A tragic shooting sparks a search for solutions at University of Chicago, amid divided opinions on policing

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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Shirley Cai stood in a semicircle shielded by her friends during a recent rally at the University of Chicago. Arriving late and staying on the outskirts of a student crowd, she didn’t know what to think or how to feel. The crowd was emotional, yelling demands into a megaphone, even arguing among themselves over solutions. Cai tried to stay calm. Even a week after it happened, it still wasn’t real to her that Shaoxiong “Dennis” Zheng, her boyfriend, had been shot dead. The killing happened in the middle of the day, a half-mile from where the crowd was gathered — and that was why they …

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