From homie to Harvard - Area students hear inspiring story

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By Mercy Lopez

Richard Santana was just a regular homeboy hanging out on the streets of California. Orphaned at 3 months with the death of his mother, he was shuffled between foster homes and group homes throughout his childhood. Then, when Santana was 13, his uncle was released from the state penitentiary and began exposing the impressionable teen to drugs, alcohol and violence. Shortly thereafter, Santana — also known as “Señor Chocolate” — found himself involved in gangs and doing anything to get a “hit” of some type of drug or a shot of alcohol.

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