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this past sunday morning in kingsville, tx, the body of 18 yr old freshman travis madden was found, dead, in the stairwell of an apartment building. travis, who is from inez, tx, was a pitcher for texas a&m - kingsville. family and friends convened at the madden house in inez to console and give company to travis' family, at which point the task to photograph the family was given to me. specifically, i needed a shot of the no. 8 jersey travis wore, which will be retired at his high school, and last night his coach brought the jersey to the madden parents. it was hard to make pictures of the scene. i wanted to sit and listen to travis' father talk about his son, but i also had a job to do. in situations like this, i only hope that my pictures are sympathetic, rather than exploitative. days like yesterday can really help put life in perspective.

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To get the full story on travis, readjennifer preyss' story that ran in the advocate today.