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  • Ludlow Taylor Elementary School, about eight blocks from Union Station in Washington, is where hit man Oscar Veal stalked Roy Cobb on May 14, 1998, but opted not to kill him in front of his girlfriend's children. He admitted in court testimony to murdering Cobb weeks later. (J.M. Eddins/The Washington Times)

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