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Boxer Omar Henry appeared bound for glory until cancer took his life at 25

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Updated: April 1, 2013 7:36AM



It was a birthday and a funeral.

Omar Henry’s family and friends were gathered in a back room of Apostolic Church of God in Hyde Park, snacking on roast beef
sandwiches and chocolate doughnuts and sipping iced tea. A video of Omar’s boxing highlights played on a TV in the corner. At 11 a.m., the group moved into the sanctuary. As stories were told, there were laughs and tears. Before it ended, a member of the congregation performed a Boyz II Men song.

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