Guest commentary: After Trayvon, there's Ethan Saylor

3:32 PM, Jul. 21, 2013
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On the surface, the death of Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome in Maryland, would seem to have little in common with the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Different races. Different backgrounds. Ethan lived in Frederick County, Md. Trayvon in Miami Gardens, Fla., more than 1,000 miles away. Ethan died at a movie theater, Trayvon just down the street from his home. Ethan succumbed to asphyxiation, Trayvon to a bullet through his heart. The two were about a decade apart in age, navigating very different points in their lives.

Yet the cases have common threads, too. ...

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