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Half a century later, the memory of Elton Hayes still echoes today

By , Daily Memphian Updated: October 17, 2021 4:00 AM CT | Published: October 17, 2021 4:00 AM CT

In October 1971, three Orange Mound teenagers went for a ride that ended with law enforcement officers beating one of them to death in a ditch off Lamar Avenue. Fifty years later, no one has been convicted in the killing.

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Bill Dries

Bill Dries covers city government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.


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