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Carolyn Williams, his mother, said people in her situation must deal with their grief, often miss work and have to pay thousands of dollars to bury their loved ones.
“There’s nothing available for people who fall into this awful category,” she said.
“I wasn’t aware of my son’s activities until he died,” Williams said. “It’s just another slap in the face from the state of Ohio and their lack of compassion for victims of crime regardless of how a crime happened. We are the victims. My son was a victim who died for a senseless reason. He wasn’t doing the best thing at the time that it happened, but it definitely wasn’t worth someone taking his life.”
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Matthew Kanai, chief of the AG’s crime victims service division, said judicial precedent typically guides the state in determining whether to disqualify someone.
“The courts have found being involved in a drug deal is an inherently dangerous activity,” he said.
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