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Stephon Clark: Surrounded by love, trouble and tragedy, and now a rallying cry for justice

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Stephon Clark has become a social media hashtag, the latest inspiration for a national movement and the subject of numerous protests that have shut down freeways and interrupted NBA games.

The image of the handsome 22-year-old African-American man, wearing a broad smile next to his young sons and their mother in a formal family photo, has become a rallying cry for justice.

But in the two weeks since 20 shots were fired at Clark in the backyard of his grandmother's house by Sacramento police searching for a burglary suspect, only fragments of Clark's life have surfaced.

Clark's family has mostly shunned the media spotlight following the death, providing scant details about Clark's life before his killing. He was the father of two boys, ages 1

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