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Grieving Jonesboro brothers seek juvenile law change

Floyd and Lloyd Brooks
Floyd and Lloyd Brooks urge Americans to "wake up" to adolescent violence  

Daughter of one was killed; daughter of other wounded

March 30, 1998
Web posted at: 12:08 p.m. EST (1708 GMT)

JONESBORO, Arkansas (CNN) -- Floyd Brooks lost a daughter in last week's massacre at Westside Middle School. His twin brother, Lloyd, can be called luckier, but it's hardly the right word. His daughter was shot, too, but survived.

Now, both fathers -- horrified by the possibility that two young suspects may be set free in a matter of years -- are going public with their grief, hoping to inspire a change in the state's juvenile justice laws.

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  • "She was just perfect to me. I'm sure going to miss her," said Floyd Brooks, 38, referring to 11-year-old daughter Natalie, who was buried on Friday.
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    Lloyd's daughter Jenna, also 11, went to the funeral still recovering from a bullet wound that passed through her body.

    As part of their crusade for justice, the brothers came to CNN. Listen as Correspondent John Holliman reports on their story of sadness that has turned to anger and determination.

     
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