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By his sophomore year of college, signs of my brother's drug abuse became more visible. During a track meet that spring, while making the final turn toward the finish line, one of his shoes flew off.  Photo by Katie Oxford
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Who would have guessed that for the gifted young man, some called a gazelle, that race would be his last. Photo by Katie Oxford
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My brother broke the Virginia state track records in the half-mile and mile and served as co-captain of an undefeated, state-championship team. As a senior, he peaked, running the mile in 4:26.8. Photo by Katie Oxford