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A coach, a family, a community copes

Longtime Chantilly boys' basketball coach Jim Smith didn't realize how many friends he had until his wife took her own life last spring. This Christmas, the father of four has come to find out.

 
 

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Will Krom, a senior football player at Chantilly, and his mother Mary Krom, right, bring dinner to Jim Smith and his family in mid-December. Since May, 89 different volunteers have delivered dinners to the Smith home.


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