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Third student with ties to Renaissance Academy lost to violence this year

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- As a family struggles to cope, detectives face a struggle of their own -- both are in search of answers in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daniel Jackson.

He is the third teenager who attended Renaissance Academy this year to be killed. Outside the school, balloons tied to a pole hang just feet from the front door. While Jackson was not attending Renaissance Academy at the time of his death, he was a student there at the start of the school year.

Hallie Atwater who is with the University of Maryland Promise Heights Initiative says, "I think every time we lose someone who is part of our school community or connected to it, yes that is very devastating."

At Roberta's House, which is a family grief support center, there's a thought that grief might be at the core of some of the city's violence.

Annette March-Grier says, "The grief has internalized and become anger within many of our children and families."

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