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Florine Boyd White

Florine Boyd White passed away on July 18, 202. She is predeceased by her husband, Wyatt White; parents, Lonnie Boyd, Sr. and Eliza Boyd; sister, Joyce Boyd and  brother, Curtis Boyd. She leaves to cherish her memories daughters, Tasha Boyd Lassiter (Jerry) of Norfolk, VA, Donica B. (Steve) of GA and Wyette M. White of VA; son, Troy Robert Boyd (Nita) of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Alveta Boyd, Natasha Boyd, Rashard Boyd, Jamal Childs (Nisia), Tashara…...

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Dorothy Lee Spruill

The Life and Legacy of Dorothy Lee Baxter Spruill Dorothy Lee Baxter Spruill was born December 1, 1943 to the late Sam and Emma Baxter of Aurora, North Carolina. Our Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, and Cousin was called to her peaceful external rest July 18, 2020. Known to everyone as “Momma Dot” Ms. Dot she showed love to so many because of her loving heart everyone was welcome to a place to sleep…...

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Tony Balknight, Jr.

Tony “BAN-Tu” Balknight, Jr., 87, of Portsmouth, Virginia went home to be with Lord on July 19, 2020 peacefully in his home. He never missed a game on Sunday and wouldn’t do any business on that important day. Tony was true fan of the Washington Redskins and loved talking about all sports. That was his soap opera. During his early years of life he served our country in the Army and Navy. Tony did 30…...

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Lorita M. Woodson

Lorita Woodson, 44, of Portsmouth, VA, died July 19, 2020, in Portsmouth, VA. Lorita was born July 1, 1976, in Portsmouth, VA, to Howard Hunt and Joyce Hodges. Lorita’s love of life shined bright to all that knew her.  Anyone that spent time with her knows how special she was. Her gentle smile and contagious laugh will be always remembered. She is survived by her husband, Tunto Woodson; sisters, Yvette Hodges, Doris Watson, and Lowanda…...

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Antonio Armstrong

Antonio “Tony” Armstrong went home to be with his heavenly father on July 17, 2020 in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was born to the late Dorothy Mae Slater and Robert Lee Barnes Sr. on January 18, 1967 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was raised on Liberty St. in South Norfolk until the age of ten when his mother passed. He then moves to Pleasant Park and was raised with his father and step mother Lilly…...

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Lina M. Atkinson

Lina Mae Atkinson was born May 2, 1934 in Wilson County to the late Turner and Alice Hines. She attended the Wilson County Public Schools, located in North Carolina. She married the late Jesse Thomas (Sonny) Atkinson in 1951, and to this union 8 children were birth. For more than 17 years, Lina worked at the Bruce Food Processing of Wilson, NC, where she enjoyed working with her best friend and driving her green station-wagon.,…...

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Kevin Yancey

Kevin Yancey passed away on July 18, 2020....

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William Vincent

William Vincent passed away on July 14, 2020....

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Deonne L. Jenkins

Deonne Laray Jenkins, 46, entered this world December 5, 1973 at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge, Virginia. He was the second child of seven to the Dwight Anthony (preceded him in death) and his loving mother, Alice Mae Jenkins. Deonne attended schools the Portsmouth Public School System, as well as, ITT Technical Institute, in Norfolk, Virginia where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, as well as multiple licenses & certificates in HVAC and Carpentry. He was…...

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Arlene Giles

The Life and Legacy of Arlene Clara Giles July 2, 1935 – July 12, 2020 Heaven’s gates were opened to receive an angel, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-Grandmother. On Sunday, July 12, 2020, Arlene Clara Giles entered into eternal life. She was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on July2, 1935. She was the daughter of the late Fred Douglas Griffin and Jessie Louie Griffin. She had one brother, Fred Douglas Griffin, Jr. who preceded her…...

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Rudolph Perkins

Rudolph Lee Perkins affectionally called Rudy was called home to eternal rest on July 17, 2020.  He was born on February 7, 1932 in South Norfolk, Virginia to the late Frank and Dora Perkins.  Rudy graduated from St. Joseph’s High School and later attended the former Norfolk State College.  He also served in the United States Army.  He eventually retired as a Lumber Inspector with the Norfolk Naval base after over 30 years of service. Rudy is predeceased by…...

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Lois Mae Freeman

Lois Mae Freeman passed away on July 18, 2020....

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Dwain C. Warren

Dwain C. Warren passed away on July 17, 2020....

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Joshua Isaiah Keene

Joshua Isaiah Keene, 24 departed Friday, June 26, 2020. He was born into a loving family on July 1st, 1995 in Norfolk, Virginia. Joshua was the son of Kevin and Veronica Keene. He was educated in the Rock Hill South Carolina Public School System and the Walnut Grove Christian Academy.  He moved to Los Angeles, California in 2016 to pursue a career in music. He was an adoring, courageous and adventurous young man who touched…...

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Zachary Nasir Allen

Zachary Nasir Allen was born on July 15, 2020 in Norfolk Sentara Hospital, Norfolk, VA with his mother and father by his side. Even though his time here was brief, he was an active little one with his own personality. During the time here, he was able to express his love and happiness to his mother, father and grandmother, Verlene Chandler. Prior to him transitioning to an angel, he left us with one more smile.…...

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Edward Michael Stallings

Edward Michael Stallings, also affectionately known as Big Ed, was born July 7,1961 to the late Shirley and Ida Stallings. He attended Norfolk Public Schools and was a marine insulator with Coastal Marine Services. Ed was predeceased by his sister, Jackie . He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of twenty three years, Tammy; his baby girl and pride and joy, Kaiya; his sweet grandson, Kaiden; three sisters, Ida, Vanessa, and Shirley; one…...

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Pamela Denise Briggs

Pamela Denise Briggs departed this life on July 6, 2020 after a brief illness. She was born in Chelsea, MA on September 30, 1963 to USN Ret. Harold H. Briggs (deceased) and Evelyn E. Goodman Briggs. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Arthur and Viola Goodman of Chesapeake, VA. Pam was educated in the Chesapeake public school system and graduated from Western Branch High in 1981.  After graduation she attended Norfolk State University…...

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Frances D. White

“We Love You Mom” Words cannot express our sadness as a family to lose someone as special as our – “Frances Delores White” who will never be forgotten.  You will remain forever in our heart.  We may no longer see you with our eyes, touch you with our hands but your spirit will endure with us forever.  We will cherish the life lessons, knowledge in which you bestowed upon the family and will honor the…...

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Eugene Darnell Miller

Eugene D. Miller, known lovingly as Redd, was born to Julius Price and the late Pearlie Jane Miller on December 7, 1955. Eugene was raised in the Berkley section of Norfolk, VA. On July 15, 2020, Eugene left his earthly body to join his mother and other family members. Eugene was educated through Norfolk Public Schools. In his early years, he worked for Norfolk Coffee Company and the shipyard. Prior to owning and operating Redd’s…...

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Joyce E. Rustin

Joyce Elizabeth Rustin, 76 of Norfolk Virginia peacefully passed away July 10, 2020 at her home with family at her side. Joyce was born April 4, 1944 to the late Velma Mae Stewart in Brooklyn, New York but eventually moved to Norfolk, Virginia. There she would continue to raise her 3 children with her late husband Leonard Rustin. Joyce work as a cook for different restaurants to support her family and loved what she did. Joyce is survived by two children:…...

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LaKeisha Fugate

On Friday, July 10, 2020 our loved one Lakeisha Latrell Fugate “Yabba” was called to her eternal home. She was born in Norfolk, VA on June 16, 1975 to the late Ernestine Fugate- Whitfield and Gerrad McPherson Sr. and stepfather, Nathaniel Payton. She resided in Park Place majority of her life. Lakeisha attended Norfolk Public Schools. She was a pre-cook at a restaurant named Carolina Soulfood before they closed. The loved ones she leaves behind…...

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Sabrina A. Jones

Sabrina “Brina” Anne Jones, 38 years old, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. She was born August 2, 1981 to Robert Lawrence Jones Sr and the late Sylvia Weeks Jones of Norfolk, Virginia. Sabrina began her education at Norfolk Elementary School and graduated from Portsmouth’s High School in 2000. Sabrina continued her education at Old Dominion University graduating in 2004. Sabrina was full of life and…...

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Clyde L. Mason

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, Clyde Lawrence Mason went to heaven to be with his beloved wife, Cheryl. The world has lost a great brother, father, uncle, Papa, and friend. Clyde was born July 22, 1964, in Portsmouth, VA. He and his twin brother Charles Mason Jr. were raised by their parents, the late Doris and Charles Mason Sr. Left to cherish his memory are his brother Charles; his children Jessica (Mark) Everett, Joshua Mason, Matthew Mason, Elizabeth Mason, Kathryn (Jacob) Leonard, Chris (Leah) Baggett, Brian…...

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Daniel Yancey, II

Daniel Deward Yancey, II was born August 2, 1990 to Robin C. Bryant and Daniel D. Yancey in Norfolk, VA. He was the 2nd child of 3 children. Less than 2 years ago he dedicated his life to Christ at First Baptist Church of Denbeigh in Newport News, VA. Daniel attended Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk. In those years he was actively involved in recreation football and baseball. He departed this life on July…...

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Leroy Valentino Brown

Leroy Valentino Brown, 61, passed away at his Home on July 12, 2020 to be with his heavenly father. “Teno,” as he was affectionately known, was born October 9, 1958, in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Clarence Brown, Sr. and Beatrice Upshur. He was a member of the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception and was a devoted member of the food pantry ministry. He grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and attended Tidewater…...

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Albertina Carmel Perry

On July 12,2020, God sent his angels to take our beloved fiancée, sister, mother ,grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. Albertina “Tine” Carmel Perry ,78 was born November 23,1941 to Albert and Minerva Finney of Chesapeake, VA . Albertina graduated from Carver High School, Chesapeake, VA. She had several job positions in Chesapeake and Norfolk. Albertina has always had a quiet and humble spirit that attracted people. Although she loved people and having fun, she…...

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Rosa Lee Lewis

Mother Rosa L. Lewis was born to the late Landers Lewis and Mary Lee Campbell on February 22, 1934. She attended Portsmouth Public Schools and later furthered her education to become a CAN. Caring for people, especially the elderly, was a passion of hers. She worked in nursing homes and later became a personal caregiver until retirement. Her legacy of caring for others lives on through her granddaughters who now work in the nursing field.…...

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Kamryn M. Hodges

Kamryn M. Hodges passed away on May 2, 2020....

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Lou Ethel McBride

I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears. Lou Ethel McBride was born to the late Cora and Charlie Felton on September 8, 1940 in Edenton, North Carolina. She loved the lord and served faithfully as the Mother of her church. She attended Restoration Family worship Center for over fifteen years and loved every minute of it. Tootsie was a solider for the Lord who did not mind…...

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Sylvia C. Diggs

Sylvia Cotton Diggs was born October 31, 1955.  She is the daughter of the late Ernest Cotton and Lillie Lee Cotton. Sylvia is predeceased by her brothers Melvin Cotton Sr, Donald Ray Cotton, and sister Florence Price.  She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband Moses Diggs, three daughters Shantel Anderson, Sophia (Roy) Hudgins, Katrina Anderson, and Katrina Anderson; five grandchildren Seth Anderson, Milton Anderson, Kayla Hudgins, Desmond Hudgins and Dorian Hudgins.  She was…...

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Alice Teresa Mundy-Robins

Alice Teresa Mundy-Robins was born February 15, 1941 to the late Chester Mundy and Anna Stevens Mundy. She attended Antioch Elementary School and Bryan High School in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She worked as an Emergency Nurse in Detroit, MI for over 15 years and eventually retired as an Elementary School Teacher Assistant for the Detroit Public School System before relocating to Chesapeake, VA with her son and daughter several years later. She had been a…...

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Derwin A. Holt, Sr.

On Friday, July 10, 2020, Derwin “Derby” Holt, Sr. was called home at the age of 63. Derwin was born in Brunswick, Georgia on July 02, 1957 to James Holt and Lillian D. Holt. His parents relocated to Portsmouth, VA where he attended school. After school began working at Norshipco, then married, and had two children: Derwin, Jr. and Mary. In his later years he enjoyed working as a General Contractor. He had a passion…...

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Terence Williams

Terence Williams passed away on July 9, 2020....

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Morris T. Parker

Morris Thomas Parker of Portsmouth, Virginia entered into eternal rest on July 6, 2020. He was born to the loving union of the late Gurney Parker and Rena Lucille Parker-Laws. Morris Parker received his early childhood education from Portsmouth Public Schools. He served in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge. Morris loved his family time. He would always accept others for who they were and would make everyone he knew feel the…...

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Doris Odell Miles

Doris was born April 8, 1929 in Pitt County, North Carolina. She was born to the late John and Hattie Spain. Doris received her education in the Pitt County Public School System. She received Christ and became a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church. The Spain family moved to Norfolk, VA. She joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, serving on the Usher Board and as a Visitor’s Hostess.  She also was a member of the Huntersville…...

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Bennie E. Askew, Sr.

Mr. Bennie Eugene Askew, AKA, Bennie Blue was born August 25, 1942 and raised in Norfolk Va. He graduated from Booker t. Washington High School, where he played sports and grew a passion for baseball. Bennie began a career at Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock. Upon successful completion of the on the job training, he was promoted to night shift supervisor. After many years of employment, he transitioned to Colonna Shipyard where he retired. During retirement,…...

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Myrtle McCloud

Myrtle O. McCloud was called home to be with the Lord on July 17,2020. She was at home with her daughter and two of her friends when she passed after a brief illness. She was a member of Church of God in Christ for decades and an active member of Fellowship Church of God in Christ, where the Elder George W. Cook is the Pastor. Myrtle was a participant at Sentara Pace for over seventeen…...

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Sammy C. Vaughan

Franklin Virginia – Rev. Dr. Sammy C. Vaughan, 89, of Scottswood Drive, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at the South Hampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, VA with loving family by his side. He was the husband of 63 years to the late Gwendolyn E. (Maynard) Vaughan. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, but moved to Franklin, VA at an early age.  He is the son of the late…...

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Norma L. Walker

Norma L. Walker passed away on July 8, 2020....

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Raymond Eugene Deal

Raymond Eugene Deal was born April 11, 1986 to Deloris Michelle Deal and the late Raymond Eugene Smith. He attended Norfolk Public Schools; he was an honor roll student of Norview Middle School. He graduated from Granby High School with honors. He was employed with Virginia Pilot, Pizza Hut, his last place of employment was Burger King. He loved and cherished his co-workers. He leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Deloris Michelle Deal, sister,…...

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Lucille C. Brown

On the evening of July 1st, 2020, Katie Brown took up rest from this life to await the hope of the best life. Here to forever treasure her are her husband, Gene Brown Sr., son, Carlton Brown; Daughter, Francica Brown; eight grandchildren and a host of other family. Beyond the horizon somewhere where the Sunflowers & Lilies grow Katie Brown will be admiring God’s marvelous creation somewhere in a meadow Imaginative whelms of our mind’s…...

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Herbert A. Williams, Jr.

On Monday July 6, 2020 Herbert A. Williams was chosen to be part of God’s garden in heaven. Hebert was born November 11, 1930 to the late Herbert A. Williams and Doretha Williams in Portsmouth Virginia. He was with his sweetheart for 60 years Gladys Scott Williams. Dad fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1951. He was a Bronze Star recipient and also received the Korean War Campaign Medal. He was a member…...

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Sheila Mae White

Mrs. Sheila “Ladybug”  Lucas White was born on November 22, 1954 in Norfolk County to the late Lemmon and Bertha Lucas.  Shelia was educated in Chesapeake Public School System.  In 1994, Shelia met Derrick White. It was love at first sight and they married on February 14, 1994.  They remained soulmate through twenty-six happy years of marriage. Having a love for people and a heart to serve, Shelia pursued a career as a Medical Assistant. …...

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Tysheek A. Spivey

Monday, July 6, 2020 at 1:24 AM the angel of mercy peacefully came into our midst To retrieve his own TySheek Antonio Spivey Into his eternal resting place. TySheek Was born on March 19, 1999 in Norfolk Sentara Inn Norfolk Virginia to Chaneka D. Spivey and Antonio E. Wolfe. He was the happiest child. He grew to be known as loving and strong hearted young man. As a youth, he played soccer, basketball and football…...

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Garry Bates, Jr.

Garry Linwood Bates, Jr., of Sherman Oaks, CA, passed away on the evening of Monday, June 22, 2020. The funeral service will be held at 2pm ET on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Metropolitan Funeral Home (Granby location). Reverend Floyd Bates of The Mount in Chesapeake, VA will be officiating. Visitation will be held at 11:00am ET on Saturday, July 18, 2020. The service will be live streamed the day of the funeral, on the Metropolitan Funeral…...

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Leslie Irene Stephenson

Leslie Stephenson, devoted mother, and beloved wife celebrated her journey to heaven on July 6, 2020. She was the only girl out of 5 siblings born on November 3, 1958. To the late Elizabeth Dease and William Adams in East Orange New Jersey where she graduated from East Orange High School. She then continued her career at Montclair Child Development Center as teacher for over 8 years. She later began a career as a bartender…...

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Elizabeth G. Abbott

Our Mom, Elizabeth G. Abbott, affectionately known as “LIZ” quietly and peacefully transitioned to eternal life on July 5, 2020. Mom was born on March 27,1933 to John and Bonnie Graddy in Washington, NC. She was married to Charlie L Abbott II. She was predeceased by one daughter; Geneva Edwards; two sisters and one brother. Liz worked for the City of Norfolk and Norfolk Circuit courts for more than thirty years. She was a member…...

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John L. Boone

John L. Boone, 86, departed Saturday, July 4, 2020. John L. was born to the late Steven Boone and Bessie Harris in Suffolk, Virginia. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas J. Boone and his grandson, Tyler H. Lee. John L. retired from the United States Air Force after serving his country for 20 years as a Staff Sergeant. He was also a Prince Hall Mason in the Rising Sun Lodge #2 for 44 years.…...

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O’Shia C. Young

O’Shia Chanta Young passed in the state of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, July 28, 2020 at the age of 25 years old. O’Shia is predeceased by her mother, Brenda Young, God sister, Stephanie Francis, grandfather, Shelt Rawls, uncle, Gerry Newsome. O’Shia leaves to cherish her memories, her father Renard Rawls; godparents, Ronald and Sharon Newsome; grandparents, Esther West and Dorothy Young; uncle, Rodney Newsome; aunt, NaTarsha Hasty; sister in-law, Dorothy Young; brothers, Alonzo Young, Dequan Young and…...

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X’Zavier Jhi’Shawn Roberts

X’Zavier JhiShawn Roberts was born on Saturday February 3, 2001 to Tiffany M. Roberts and James N. White at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth, Va. at 4:18 p.m.  ‘Zavier, as most called him, or ‘Zay for short, came out fist first, ready to conquer the world. As a child his energy was hard to contain. He was an adventurous soul, a daredevil and not afraid of anything, or anyone for that matter! If you were ever a client of his mother,…...

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