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After a loss, a family learns to widen its embrace

Updated: January 5, 2013, 8:23 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Declan Sullivan would have loved this weekend. For all the doubts his family has confronted in the 27 months since the death of their first-born son, his father is certain about that.

"Like a lot of the kids in our neighborhood, Declan grew up a Notre Dame fan," Barry Sullivan said. "He heard the stories in our house, we took him to games, it was always a part of his experience and in a way, I guess, his identity. That's what made him so determined to go there.

"But as he ...

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