Marlene Chapa embraces her son Robert Placensia, 17, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels after his Verbum Dei High School graduation ceremony in Los Angeles, June 6, 2013. (Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Marlene Chapa embraces her son Robert Placensia, 17, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels after his Verbum Dei High School graduation ceremony in Los Angeles, June 6, 2013. (Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/MCT) MCT
Marlene Chapa embraces her son Robert Placensia, 17, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels after his Verbum Dei High School graduation ceremony in Los Angeles, June 6, 2013. (Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/MCT) MCT

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