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United States

25 February 2006

Shelby Star (North Carolina)

SHELBY — Brooke Kirkpatrick sat on the floor with her head buried against her mother's shoulder and held back tears while photographs of her late boyfriend were spread across the family's coffee table Thursday. Alan Brandon Bell, 19, died Monday when a gun went off inside the apartment he shared with Brooke, his girlfriend of 10 years. The Kirkpatricks are still struggling with Bell's death. His body sits in a Charlotte morgue since they can't afford a burial. "He... (

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