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Staying true to Rashawn.

Police still haven't charged anyone in the gruesome slaying of out Brooklyn, N.Y., teen Rashawn Brazell, whose dismembered limbs were found in a local subway station in February 2005. Now Brazell's mother, Desire, has organized a march on April 15 with local lawmakers and activists who want to raise awareness about the unsolved crime.

The police aren't happy about it, said Mervyn Marcano, 20, cofounder of the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund. "They feel they're doing everything they can, but his mother feels differently," he said.

Marcano and others were suspicious of news reports in March that police were suddenly interested in talking to an unnamed ex-boyfriend in connection with Brazell's murder. "It's an old lead," Marcano said. "Desire told us she had given that name to police long ago." A New York City police department spokesman later denied that authorities were now looking for the man in question.
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Title Annotation:CRIME; demonstration to raise awareness on the death of Rashawn Brazell
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Apr 25, 2006
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