Fallen Rider 

High school basketball phenoms Jason Kidd and J.R. Rider once vied for Alameda stardom. Now, one is playing for an NBA title, while the other's life is in shambles.

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After the service, David Rider swallowed little Isaiah with a bear hug. His cousins gathered around him. They hugged and patted one another on the back. A cheerful smile was stuck on Isaiah's face. As the adults stood outside the church talking, consoling and remembering, Isaiah Rider and his cousins laughed and played in the sunlight.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the date of Donna Rossum-Rider's funeral. It was October 18, 2008 -- not November 24, 2008. Also, the story should have said that Michelle Rider's child was sitting in the front row at the funeral -- not her children.

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