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Mother of fallen teen athlete wants defibrillators in schools


Tiny Fennville, Mich., is getting ready to host a basketball game for the first time since Wes Leonard made a game-winning shot and collapsed seconds later, the Associated Press reports. Leonard’s 14-year-old brother, Mitchell, will be a freshman guard on the same court Tuesday night and his mother, Jocelyn, will be in the stands. His grief-stricken father, Gary, doesn’t plan to be there.

“It’s still tough,” Joceyln Leonard said softly in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

After lifting his beloved Blackhawks to a 20-0 record last March 3, Wes Leonard was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at the age of 16. The death drew national attention and stunned many in Fennville, a town of 1,400 not far from Lake Michigan some 200 miles west of Detroit…

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