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Then-freshman forward Mason Toye rushes toward the ball during the first half of play at the NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament Championship game against Stanford on Dec. 10, 2017, in Chester, Pennsylvania. Toye was selected as the No. 7 pick in the 2018 draft by Minnesota United FC.

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Da’Quincy Pittman waits in a wheelchair for his mother to pick him up after his first day back. The wheelchair was a precaution since he still felt lightheaded after collapsing. “It was just like everything shutting down on me,” he said.

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Da’Quincy Pittman copies down notes in geometry class. He learned how to find the volume of a sphere before heading back to Fama’s office to rest. The nerves in his foot were aching, as they often do.

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Da’Quincy Pittman, right, and a classmate look at Pittman’s schedule to find his first class of the day. Pittman doesn’t always feel safe on the east side. “You gotta watch over your shoulder,” he said. “You gotta watch who you’re around.”

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Da’Quincy Pittman smiles while walking to class on his first day back. He doesn’t want to leave Indianapolis, despite the violence. “I gotta stay,” he said. “Too much love, family here.”

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An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department cruiser is parked outside the front entrance of James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy in Indianapolis. Cops are stationed at school during the day to improve police relations with the students and de-escalate situations when necessary.

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Da’Quincy Pittman is surrounded by Gwendolyn Hardiman, Nicole Fama and his mom Shirley Collins, from left to right. Hardiman is the school’s chief of staff, and Fama is the principal and regional director.

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Nicole Fama, principal of James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy, looks at one of Da’Quincy Pittman’s scars on the forearm doctors sliced open to dig out a bullet. Pittman endured five surgeries and weeks of rehab.

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Da’Quincy Pittman, 15, waits for his schedule Feb. 24, his first day back to school since being shot six times in December. “It just hits me sometimes,” he said. “It haunts me.”

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