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West Side Story: Michael Farmer and the Murder that Shocked New York

More than fifty years ago, Puerto Rican and black gang members in New York City fatally stabbed Michael Farmer, a white teenager. Farmer’s killing highlighted the rising problem of gang violence, as well as the city’s changing racial demographics.

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