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8. A high school dropout at 17, he can recall the moment he moved out as a teen, he and and best friend La Mar Taylor pulling up to the house, grabbing his mattress and throwing it into a van. His mother shot him “the worst look anyone could have,” he recalled to The New York Times in a 2015 interview. “She looked at me like she had failed.”

9. To survive in their new one-bedroom apartment, they and their third friend, Hyghly Alleyne, would shoplift food from a nearby grocery store and pay their $850-a-month rent using welfare checks and whatever money he made from selling marijuana. At night, they’d indulge in MDMA, Xanax, cocaine, mushrooms or ketamine. It was much like the film Kids “without the AIDs”, he put it to the Times, “No rules.”

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