Basketball coaches began noticing John Crowder when he was in sixth grade. By eighth grade, he stood 6 foot 7, was still growing and was ranked nationally. This spring he attracted the attention of college coaches along the Eastern Coast.
But in an all-too-familiar Baltimore story, a promising future for the forward from Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School vanished during an overnight shooting. Police found the 17-year-old bleeding in a yard in Northeast Baltimore about 1 a.m. Monday. He died of gunshot wounds a few hours later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.
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