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A national disaster, 1990s

Ricky Ray was the oldest of three boys, all of whom had hemophilia and contracted AIDS after receiving blood transfusions as babies. In 1987, when the Ray brothers, aged ten, nine, and eight, won the court-appointed right to attend school, arsonists destroyed their Florida home. In 1992, Ricky passed away from AIDS-related complications at age 15. The middle brother, Robert, also died of AIDS-related diseases when he was 22. In 2013, the youngest brother, Randy, is 33 and still alive.

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Color photograph of a smiling white boy (Ricky Ray) sitting in the grass.