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Cavaliers Championship Parade Ends In Bloodshed

| by David Bonner

The championship victory parade on June 22 for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team was marred by a familiar occurrence in the United State: Somebody got shot.

In the jubilant crowd of an estimated two million, a 13-year-old girl was shot twice in the leg, allegedly by a 15-year-old boy who was taken into police custody, the Daily Mail reports.

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The victim’s injuries are non-fatal, according to authorities, who are also searching for a second suspect.

The girl is one of over 13,000 Americans who have been injured by a gun so far in 2016, according to the GunViolenceArchive.org.

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Other than the shooting, however, the victory parade was a success, as Cavaliers star LeBron James helped his team give the troubled city of Cleveland a rare occasion to celebrate.

The poverty rate in Cleveland is more than 30 percent, and the city lost almost half its population between 1950 and 2010, dropping from 900,000 to less than 450,000, as noted by historian Gar Alperovitz in The Nation magazine.

The Cavaliers’ dramatic victory over the defending champion Golden State Warriors marked the first time in 52 years that a pro sports team from Cleveland has won a championship, the Daily Mail notes.

It last happened in 1964, when the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts 27 to 0, making them champions of the National Football League, several years before the invention of the Super Bowl.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Nation, GunViolenceArchive.org / Photo Credit: CLEpolice/Twitter via Daily Mail