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Boys of Baraka Subject Held on Drug and Murder Charges

June 18, 2010
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Romesh Vance (right) and his brother Richard, pictured at the Baraka School in the mid-'00s.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that 20-year-old Romesh Vance was indicted this week on drug conspiracy charges along with 21 others in a federal narcotics case centered around dealing in West Baltimore’s Gilmor Homes project. If Vance’s name sounds familiar, it may be because he was one of the Baltimore students featured in the 2005 documentary The Boys of Baraka, about the famous Baraka School in Kenya. The Baraka program is designed to intervene in the course of at-risk young men by sending them to boarding school in Africa. After his transition back to life in Baltimore, Vance may not have deviated from his previous course enough: When indicted for the drug conspiracy, he was already being held on a first-degree murder charge.

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