Ralph Yarl shooting: When ringing the wrong doorbell turns violent

An unarmed 16-year-old Black teenager knocked on the wrong door and nearly lost his life

A photo of Ralph Yarl during band practice
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On April 13, Ralph Yarl, an unarmed Black 16 year old, was shot twice in Kansas City, Missouri, after he walked up to the wrong house. The high school junior had been asked to pick up his younger siblings from a friend's house, but mistakenly went to a home a block away. The homeowner who shot him, an elderly white man, was not immediately arrested or charged, sparking outrage and protests in Kansas City.

What led up to the shooting?

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