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Murder victim's mom reaches out to youths

Rhonda Fields, still trying to make sense of her son’s murder, is opening a center offering young people alternatives to crime.

The state representative from Aurora — whose son, Javad Marshall-Fields, was killed along with his fiancée in a 2005 before he could testify in a murder case — will cut the ribbon March 7 at the Dayton Street Opportunity Center in Aurora.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, which will staff a health clinic at the center, is one of several partners being pulled in to provide services that also include GED training, job placement and college counseling.

“If you come in that door, we will offer a resource that will help you,” said Fields, whose surviving child, Maisha Pollard, is the center’s executive director.

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