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A deeper look at the life of Ezell Ford

"Receiving His Scholarship to the University of Heaven" is the caption on this card distributed at Ezell Ford's memorial service. His great aunt Mahalia Jackson said a few private schools had provided him athletic scholarships in high school to play basketball.
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The public knows Ezell Ford as the unarmed man who was shot and killed by LAPD officers last summer. But not much else has been learned about his life since.

Ford grew up in an African-American neighborhood in South Los Angeles, and his image is used by many who feel cops shoot black people without justification. 

KPCC’s Sharon McNary digs deeper into Ford’s life with this profile: Ezell Ford was a victim of gang gunfire long before he died in LAPD shooting