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Chicago's transcendent tragedy

New film looks back at Ben Wilson shooting and tries to inspire change -- and tears

Updated: August 23, 2012, 2:03 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Beyond the expectations of fame that any artist carries with him, Chicago-born director Coodie Simmons has one prevailing goal for his documentary on the late Ben Wilson.

"Our whole thing was we wanted to make thugs cry," said Simmons, who co-directed the movie with his partner, Chike Ozah. "You know what I'm saying?

"They say these kids today are immune to death, but that was a greater death. It was something really powerful for Ben Wilson to die."

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