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On May 6, 2021, Jena Ehlinger was at a friend’s wedding in Mexico when she received a phone call from an Austin police officer. He told her that her twenty-year-old son, Jake, a student at the University of Texas, had been found “unresponsive” in a house in West Austin that he was renting with three friends. Jena quickly flew home to be with her two other children: her daughter, Morgen, who was a senior in high school, and her eldest, Sam, who had spent the past four years as the Longhorns’ starting quarterback. Sam had flown in from Indianapolis, where he had just been drafted by the Colts. Jake was, by any measure, a young man with a bright future: he was a walk-on linebacker…
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