As darkness falls, lights of remembrance

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April 30, 2006|By KARL MERTON FERRON | KARL MERTON FERRON,SUN REPORTER

I wondered for a moment how life might have been had the moment of violence not happened. Perhaps 9-year-old Mystery Toma Hillian and his older brother could still have been playing on the stairwell landing.

But on this night, just outside the sealed door of their second-floor apartment in Forestville, there was no fun and games. Instead, there was a memorial service honoring Mystery Toma and his mother, Katrina Denise Powe, both killed for reasons as yet unclear. Mystery's 12-year-old brother has been charged with first-degree murder.

Dozens of people - many of them strangers - reached out last week to share grief over the loss.

The faces of the mourners glowed orange from candles they held close. Some quietly wept as the candlelight flickered in front of them as dusk blanketed the scene in shadows.

karl.ferron@baltsun.com

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