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Man has no regrets defending Oklahoma City pharmacy (armed robber shot and killed)
Oklahoman ^ | 22 May 09 | Johnny Johnson

Posted on 05/22/2009 1:48:45 PM PDT by Drew68

Jerome Ersland was back at work Thursday filling prescriptions and hoping that by taking the life of a 16-year-old boy two days earlier, he had saved others.

Rubbing an oversized bandage on his left forearm, where he said he was grazed by a robber’s bullet, Ersland related details of what he said was a highly organized hit on the Reliable Discount Pharmacy.

"I just regret anybody would get killed,” Ersland said. "But if I wouldn’t have been here, there would have been three people killed — the other pharmacist and the two techs.”

He also recalls the angry voices of people who gathered outside the pharmacy Tuesday night, shouting that he was a racist who unnecessarily took a life of the Seeworth Academy charter school student, Antwun Parker.

"There were a lot of black people gathered out there yelling and everything at my boss,” Ersland said.

An organized hit

After the pharmacy near SW 59 and Pennsylvania was robbed two years ago, the owner installed new security measures to try to make sure his employees would never again be forced to a back room and pistol-whipped. "We have a very good security system,” Ersland said, motioning to the magnetic door locks that won’t let anyone in or out of the store without permission. "The door locks, and they (robbers) knew that. They had cased it because they knew exactly what time to hit us when we’d have all of our narcotics out and our money out.”

About 10 minutes before 6 p.m., Ersland said, two robbers wearing ski masks waited for someone to leave the pharmacy and then grabbed the open door and threw down a board to stop the door from closing.

The robbers went in cursing and yelling, ordering employees to give them money and drugs, Ersland said.

Two women who were working behind the counter ran for a back room where they would be safe, but Ersland said he couldn’t run. Ersland said he’s a veteran with disabilities from wounds he received in Operation Desert Storm, wears a cumbersome back brace and just had his latest back surgery six weeks ago.

"All of a sudden, they started shooting,” he said. "They were attempting to kill me, but they didn’t know I had a gun. They said, ‘You’re gonna die.’ That’s when one of them shot at me, and that’s when he got my hand.”

Ersland said he was thrown against a wall, but managed to go for the semiautomatic in his pocket.

"And that’s when I started defending myself,” he said. "The first shot got him in the head, and that slowed him down so I could get my other gun.”

But as one robber hit the floor, Ersland said, a bullet from the other robber whizzed past his ear.

The pharmacist said he then got his second gun from a nearby drawer, a Taurus "Judge.”

After he had the big gun, Ersland said, the second robber ran.

But as he started to chase after the second robber, Ersland said, he looked back to see the 16-year-old he had shot in the head getting up again. Ersland said he then emptied the Kel-Tec .380 into the boy’s chest as he kept going after the second robber.

"I went after the other guy, but he was real fast and I’m crippled,” Ersland said.

Outside the pharmacy, he said he saw what he thought was a third black male in a car with the engine running and reaching for what appeared to be a shotgun.

"I pulled out my ‘Judge’ and pointed it right between his eyes and he floored it,” Ersland said.

The investigation

Because of the sensitive nature of the investigation, police said they could not confirm any of Ersland’s story, including whether Ersland was shot, whether the robbers ever fired on him or even if Parker was armed. On Thursday, police were still looking for the second robber, described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighing about 175 pounds. The man was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants.

A man was arrested about a block away after crashing a stolen car that fit the description Ersland gave, but police said the man has not been linked to the robbery.

After the gunfire

When he went back in the pharmacy, Ersland said, he called police.

"I asked if the girls were all right, and they were in the back crying,” he said. "I was glad to know they were alive. We were lucky and I’m glad I defended us, because I feel that a person has a right to defend themselves at their home or at their work. People deserve to be safe and not be afraid of people that want to take money when they don’t work for it.”

That’s what the Second Amendment and the state’s "concealed carry” license are for, he said.

"Fortunately, God made them miss me, except for this minor scratch,” Ersland said.

"I was able to return fire and protect the girls’ lives. God was helping me.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: armedcitizen; banglist; ccw; ersland; obama; okarmedcitizen; selfdefense; thugculture; thuglife
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Score one for the good guys.

Pharmacist Jerome Ersland:

No photo of dead robber, Antwun Parker, who, I'm certain, was an honor student at Seeworth Academy.

1 posted on 05/22/2009 1:48:45 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
Good shooting!
2 posted on 05/22/2009 1:49:36 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Drew68

“taking the life of a 16-year-old boy”

Gee, no bias there. He was just a “16-year-old boy.” Thi guy has no soul if he doesn’t feel The Shame!!! /SARC/SPIT


3 posted on 05/22/2009 1:50:20 PM PDT by piytar (Obama = Mugabe wannabe. Wake up America.)
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To: Drew68

Bottom line is don’t go around robbing people and you won’t have these problems such as getting killed.


4 posted on 05/22/2009 1:51:11 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Drew68
My favorite part:

"The first shot got him in the head, and that slowed him down so I could get my other gun.”

5 posted on 05/22/2009 1:52:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: piytar

sounds to me like the pharmacy needs to move to a nice neigborhood and let the dirtbags wonder why there are no drugstores in the neigborhood.

then the messiah can put a welfare drugstore there.


6 posted on 05/22/2009 1:54:31 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Drew68

It is really disturbing to me that the “Black Community” is upset that a criminal robber is killed. I would think they would be happy to be rid of him.

I suspect some are but they are in the minority.


7 posted on 05/22/2009 1:54:44 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Drew68

looking for the second robber, described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighing about 175 pounds

Racist racist. White man shoots low life black.


8 posted on 05/22/2009 1:55:02 PM PDT by bikerman (Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.)
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To: Drew68

“He also recalls the angry voices of people who gathered outside the pharmacy Tuesday night, shouting that he was a racist who unnecessarily took a life of the Seeworth Academy charter school student, Antwun Parker.”

Racist scumbags who only see the color of the skin of the (thankfully now dead) perp and (the thankfully still alive) Mr. Ersland. They deserve the crime that assuredly riddles their pathetic racist lives...


9 posted on 05/22/2009 1:55:33 PM PDT by piytar (Obama = Mugabe wannabe. Wake up America.)
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To: Parley Baer

Exactly.


10 posted on 05/22/2009 1:55:42 PM PDT by Crolis (Kill your television!)
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To: Drew68

"Ersland said he then emptied the Kel-Tec .380 into the boy’s chest as he kept going after the second robber."

HELL YEAH. Stop him, permanently!

11 posted on 05/22/2009 1:57:14 PM PDT by Havok (MOLON LABE!!!! ( www.survivalblog.com ))
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To: piytar

And to any trolls out there, I’d be saying EXACTLY the same thing if the races of all involved were reversed!


12 posted on 05/22/2009 1:57:26 PM PDT by piytar (Obama = Mugabe wannabe. Wake up America.)
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To: Parley Baer

“The man was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants.”

should have been described as “dark smelly pants”


13 posted on 05/22/2009 1:57:48 PM PDT by pennboricua
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
My favorite part:

That one was good but I kinda got a warm and fuzzy from this passage:

I'd like to think that young Antwun had a few moments to ponder the poor life decisions he had made before his chest was pumped full of lead.

14 posted on 05/22/2009 1:59:34 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
Martin Luther King is weeping somewhere:

* That a black criminal-on-white-victim crime occurred
* That the criminal was shot and killed
* That the local black community ignorantly screams "RACISM!" against someone who served his country just so that they would have the freedom to be so completely in denial.

"Judged not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character", eh? The Black Community has fallen so far since those immortal words. And I blame liberals for this.

15 posted on 05/22/2009 2:00:16 PM PDT by kromike
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To: Drew68
"I pulled out my ‘Judge’ and pointed it right between his eyes and he floored it,” Ersland said.


16 posted on 05/22/2009 2:01:45 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Drew68

“My baby ain’t never hurt nobody.”


17 posted on 05/22/2009 2:02:08 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Drew68

I own 3 Kel Techs, P-11, P-32, PF-9 all made down the road in Cocoa.


18 posted on 05/22/2009 2:02:24 PM PDT by Surfer Bert (Remember when seconds count police are only minutes away)
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To: Drew68

It is a shame when a drug store has to buzz everyone in and out to prevent robberies.


19 posted on 05/22/2009 2:02:35 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: Drew68
He also recalls the angry voices of people who gathered outside the pharmacy Tuesday night, shouting that he was a racist who unnecessarily took a life of the Seeworth Academy charter school student, Antwun Parker.

Un-flippin'-real. The guy was shooting at him. Good job Mr. Ersland. Maybe it'll make others think twice next time they see your store as a target. Next time, get them ALL.

20 posted on 05/22/2009 2:04:26 PM PDT by SoDak (Molon Labe)
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“Taking the life of a 16 year old boy.” I doubt that the “boy's” brave victim had the time to ask the would-be killer his age. Too bad, though. I'm sure this young man was “turnin’ his life aroun’.”
21 posted on 05/22/2009 2:04:33 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: Drew68

My wife’s a pharmacist and has worked retail, mail order, home infusion and hospitals. She’s told me that retail is the worst. She is happy to be in a hospital environment. She knows pharmacist friends who have had a pistol shoved in their face more than once.


22 posted on 05/22/2009 2:04:57 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: Drew68
>>>>> he then emptied the Kel-Tec .380 <<<<<<

His carry gun - and the one that saved those several lives - was a "mouse gun."

Goes to show that you don't need heavy artillery for self defense.


23 posted on 05/22/2009 2:06:08 PM PDT by angkor
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To: Havok

One less burden for the tax payers to support for many, many years.


24 posted on 05/22/2009 2:06:21 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Awesome! His other gun - “Judge.”


25 posted on 05/22/2009 2:06:47 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
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To: Drew68

With s little luck, Mr. Ersland might be able to spot the 2nd robber at No 1’s funeral.

It might be a good idea to bring the “Judge” along, too.


26 posted on 05/22/2009 2:06:52 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: Drew68
“Because of the sensitive nature of the investigation, police said they could not confirm...”

What the hell is “sensitive” about an armed robbery investigation?? They have THREE witnesses! They can't confirm whether the guy was shot or not? If there was a gun used by the robbers?

Methinks this smells HIGHLY of political correctness and racism!

27 posted on 05/22/2009 2:07:05 PM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( The Constitution needs No interpreting, only APPLICATION!)
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To: BulletBobCo
She knows pharmacist friends who have had a pistol shoved in their face more than once.

I don't doubt it. Not only can the thief score cash from the register but they can score narcotics which can easily be turned into cash.

28 posted on 05/22/2009 2:07:16 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: kromike

I really need to see the face of someone who would yell racism at a guy who fires back when there’s a gun in his face.


29 posted on 05/22/2009 2:07:43 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Drew68

Most of the time it’s the narcs they’re after.


30 posted on 05/22/2009 2:10:00 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: Drew68
Antwun Parker, who, I'm certain, was an honor student at Seeworth Academy.

From GreatSchools:

Seeworth Academy

Grade 8

Reading 24% (2008)
The state average for Reading was 82% in 2008.

Science 38% (2008)
The state average for Science was 87% in 2008.

Math 22% (2008)
The state average for Math was 82% in 2008.

If you can count to seven, you're an honor student.

31 posted on 05/22/2009 2:10:29 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: Drew68

Antwun had just gotten on the honor roll and was turning his life around. He and his 15 year old pregnant girl friend were about to be married....

Yeah right.


32 posted on 05/22/2009 2:13:04 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: piytar

The stupid ass 16 year old just upped the ante by trying to rob someone with a gun. He chose to get into the game, lost the game, then the libtards want to come to his defense. EXCREMENT HAPPENS. Here’s a clue to the other 16 year olds. Don’t rob someone at gunpoint without the expectation that someone won’t shoot your ass off. Or kill you.


33 posted on 05/22/2009 2:13:04 PM PDT by Texas resident (Texan by birth and by choice.)
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To: Surfer Bert; Drew68; GBA

>>> I own 3 Kel Techs, P-11, P-32, PF-9 all made down the road in Cocoa. <<<<<

I had a P-32 (.32 cal) but moved up to a P3AT (.380), which is the model used in this incident.

Both are outstanding self-defense pistols.

You don’t “need” a .44 mag or .45 ACP to defend yourself and loved ones (or employees in this case).

You need something that you’ll carry all the time and without inconvenience.

Nothing wrong with The Judge, either. It certainly put the scare into the perps.


34 posted on 05/22/2009 2:13:46 PM PDT by angkor
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To: angkor

I have that exact gun. My wife usually carries it. Nice to see a real world application and proof of its effectiveness.

I carry either a Kahr 9mm or my Springfield 1911 (full size).


35 posted on 05/22/2009 2:14:04 PM PDT by navyguy (The National Reset Button is pushed with the trigger finger.)
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To: Drew68
Apparently, Mr. Ersland needs to be "investigated" by The First Thug.

According to the First Thug, what Mr. Ersland should have done, when faced with a gun in his face, simply said, "I will uphold the values of this country; waterboarding is torture. I apologize for the criminal mistakes of previous administration."

At that point, Antwun's ice-cold heart will melt. He'll put down the gun and shake Mr. Ersland's hand out of respect. The two other accomplices will see this miraculous example of "Obama-bay-uh". They'll abandon their lives of crime and commit to distributing warm-fuzzies around the world!!!

Can you just feel the love oozing here?

36 posted on 05/22/2009 2:14:19 PM PDT by kromike
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To: MARTIAL MONK
On Thursday, police were still looking for the second robber, described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighing about 175 pounds.

That would be a seventh grader at Seeworth.

37 posted on 05/22/2009 2:14:59 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“My baby ain’t never hurt nobody.””

Another advanced epidemic of “DENIAL DISEASE” in the black community.


38 posted on 05/22/2009 2:15:44 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Drew68

> I don’t doubt it. Not only can the thief score cash from the register but they can score narcotics which can easily be turned into cash.

And they can score ephedrine and pseudoephedrine (flu tablets) to convert into Methamphetamine, which they can convert into mega-cash.


39 posted on 05/22/2009 2:15:56 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: Drew68
Because of the sensitive nature of the investigation, police said they could not confirm any of Ersland's story..

What the heck? Sensitive nature? Sensitive? What do these Law Enforcement types find sensitive about some 16 yr. old perp, dead with a recently fired weapon in his hand, on the floor of a previously robbed pharmacy?

A man was arrested about a block away after crashing a stolen car that fit the description Ersland gave, but police said the man has not been linked to the robbery.

Yeah, it would be insensitive to make any assumptions on this matter. This "man" undoubtedly had a justifiable excuse for driving a stolen vehicle that just coincidentally matched the vehicle description of the untrustworthy, tax paying, business owning, war veteran Esland.

40 posted on 05/22/2009 2:16:22 PM PDT by Thommas
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To: Drew68

The Judge, by Taurus (weighs 36 oz, unloaded)

The "Executioner", aka KelTec P3-AT. (weighs 8.3 oz unloaded, less than 11 oz loaded)

41 posted on 05/22/2009 2:16:41 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Texas resident

Even more, if the kid is armed and is aggresive, he should expect to be met with at least equal or more force. If the libtards get their way with “gun control”, aka people control, the only ones that will be armed will be the stupid thug kids. How well will that work? I guess we will be left with machetes, dogs, baseball bats, lead filled pipes, Kitchen knives and anything else we can find to defend ourselves from these unraised thugs. Sucks to be them because they will be hurt a lot worse.


42 posted on 05/22/2009 2:17:01 PM PDT by Texas resident (Texan by birth and by choice.)
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To: domenad
I really need to see the face of someone who would yell racism at a guy who fires back when there’s a gun in his face.

I truly believe that in certain inner-city communities, armed robbery is so common among the young, male residents that it's seen as a normal occupation and the people in this community who enable this are shocked when someone resists and defends themselves, reacting, "How dare you kill him? He was only robbing you! This is what we do!"

43 posted on 05/22/2009 2:20:12 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Thommas
Because of the sensitive nature of the investigation, police said they could not confirm any of Ersland's story..

It probably means the security system had out of state monitoring and they are not sure the judge will be able to enforce a gag order to keep said video footage off of YouTube if they prosecute the victim.

44 posted on 05/22/2009 2:20:16 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: angkor
"Goes to show that you don't need heavy artillery for self defense.

The Kel-Tec should be considered intermediary protection while going for the heavy stuff - which is eggsactly what the good pharmacist did.

45 posted on 05/22/2009 2:20:41 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse (Obama...the convergence of Affirmative Action and the Peter Principle)
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To: Drew68
But as he started to chase after the second robber, Ersland said, he looked back to see the 16-year-old robber he had shot in the head getting up again. Ersland said he then emptied the Kel-Tec .380 into the boy’s robber's chest as he kept going after the second robber.

Fixed it.

46 posted on 05/22/2009 2:20:50 PM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Drew68

You are 100% correct...robbery is a normal occurance.


47 posted on 05/22/2009 2:22:11 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse (Obama...the convergence of Affirmative Action and the Peter Principle)
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To: Drew68
YouTube: The Judge

Be sure to catch 1:40 --wow!

48 posted on 05/22/2009 2:25:40 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Cuttnhorse

>>>>> The Kel-Tec should be considered intermediary protection while going for the heavy stuff - which is eggsactly what the good pharmacist did. <<<<<<

I kind of see your point.

The Judge is “scary” looking (to a perp).

But the little Kel-Tec did the heavy lifting.


49 posted on 05/22/2009 2:25:50 PM PDT by angkor
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To: MrEdd

E Gads! That is probably spot on. I honestly bow to your insight. (The police dodge still stinks, though...)


50 posted on 05/22/2009 2:26:14 PM PDT by Thommas
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