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[Audio: Demorris A. Lee | Photo: Joseph Garnett Jr. |Times]

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The Dash family was devastated by the loss of Leon Dash, who died after suffering a severe head injury in a brawl that broke out after a teen party in August. But what made the loss even worse was an unsolved mystery in the family's past. Leon's mother, Margaret Dash, disappeared in 1974. Family members are still struggling with it, and the loss of Leon made their pain even more acute. Both crimes remain unsolved.

Front row (left to right) Leon Dash, Sr. with his great-grand daughter Stori Murph, eight months of age, and her mother Tashyra Dash, who is his grand daughter. Second Row (left to right) Ladwayna Gilghrest, Sharon Jones, and Elaine Wade are the daughters of Leon Dash Sr.

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