RISE Above: Marquis Barnett

Updated: November 25, 2009, 3:07 PM ET
By Ryan Canner-O'Mealy | ESPN RISE

This story appeared in the Winter 2009 edition of ESPN RISE HARDWOOD.

All Marquis Barnett wanted to do was keep his mom safe.

Francine Baker was trapped in an abusive relationship, and there was little her son could do about it.

"I thought I was hiding it well, but my kids knew," Francine says. "My daughter came to me one day and said, 'Mom, if we don't leave him, I'm gonna see you in a coffin.'"

Shortly thereafter, in October 2008, Marquis ...

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