November 22, 2015 | Baltimore Sun

Freddie Gray remembered as jokester who struggled to leave drug trade

Every few months during Gray’s childhood, nurses pricked his skin with a needle and pulled out blood to be tested for lead. Every time, tests results came back positive. This happened for at least four years, according to court records. As Gray returned to the same house, or moved to a new house, the dangerous blood lead levels persisted.Today, had tests come back with similar results, Gray would have been “fast-tracked” for a relocation, according to Ruth Ann Norton, who heads the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative and is a founding member of the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission.

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