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Neighbor Cares for Boys When Mom Doesn't Return

Bobby Ross Jr. Published: April 21, 1995

The single mother had transferred from Colorado to Oklahoma just last January.

Asked about the move, Ricky mumbled softly that his mother might still be alive if they'd stayed in Colorado.

"She was kind, funny," he said, when asked what people should know about her. "Kind of a clean person," he added, laughing.

Asked if he had a fondest memory, he replied, "Lots of them.

We'd have pillow fights and stuff. " Thinking a little more, he added, "She tried to get us what we want. " "In other words, you're spoiled," Murray interjected, with a smile.

Lying on a bed watching television, Jonathan was polite when approached.

But, as he was slowly eating an ice cream sandwich, he said he could not think of anything to say.

Murray took responsibility for the neighbor boys because their mother's death left them with no Oklahoma family ties.

Bolden and her sons rented a second-floor condominium next door to the Murrays at Piccadilly Square, 2600 N Ann Arbor Ave. Through their sons, Bolden and Murray developed a friendship, though their busy lives prevented a close relationship .

Murray was a picture of calm during most of her interview with The Oklahoman, but she broke down in tears as she contemplated the boys' fate.

"What hit home to me ," she said , "was that she had no family here. " BIOG: NAME:

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