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On June 6, 2017, Jason Gardner, 15, was attacked by a group of neighborhood boys near an aqueduct behind Cedarwood Trails mobile home park in New Haven, Indiana.

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The aqueduct behind Cedarwoods Trails where Jason was found unconscious.

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A home in Cedarwoods Trails.

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A Cedarwood Trails home displays a Confederate flag.

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A welcoming sign advertisement, visible from the road leading to Cedarwood Trails.

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Adopted brothers, Tony Askew, 13, and Jason Gardner, on the couch with their dog, Blanket, on September 28. Jason was feeling tense about his court date scheduled for the next day, where he'd have to be in the same room as the boy he accused of assaulting him.

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Jason's mother, La'Kysha Gardner, gets emotional talking about Jason's attack and the family's fight for justice. Her stress was exacerbated by the court hearing being postponed. The night before the scheduled hearing the family found out it was cancelled, pushing off the closure they were hoping for.

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La'Kysha comforts Jason after hearing the news that the court hearing has been delayed.

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The Gardner family's new home they are renting in Fort Wayne after leaving Cedarwoods Trails in New Haven. The family had initially moved to Cedarwoods to save money for college tuition for Amari, their oldest son.

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Jason Gardner and family friend, Anthony LaFrance, enter the Allen County Juvenile Court for the rescheduled hearing on October 23rd.

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After two hours of waiting at the court house, the hearing, is postponed for the second time. Jason left to sit under a tree outside the courthouse immediately after hearing the news.

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With her sons, Jason and Amari, La'Kysha relays the news via Facebook Live that the alleged attacker's hearing was canceled a second time in front of their home.

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Jason enters the house without acknowledging La'Kysha's Facebook Live stream.

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The Gardner family discusses next steps after the cancelled court date in front of their home.

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After first leaving on his own, Anthony and Amari join Jason for a walk down their block once their back from the court house.

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Jason walks through an impassioned conversation on the porch between his mothers and civil rights activists to reenter the house.

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