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JEWELER PLAYS THE HERO IN NEW YORK FAIRY TALE Larry Wilkes was working out in the gym the day after Christmas when, amid other disheartening headlines in the New York Post, a story jumped out and grabbed his heart. Donovan Jackson, a 23-year-old shipping company employee from Queens, had been saving for 14 months and moonlighting as a barber to buy a 40-pt. round diamond engagement ring for his girlfriend, Leah Rodriguez, the story said. Excited and proud, he picked up the ring on Christmas Eve and headed to Rodriguez’s house to surprise her with a Christmas engagement proposal. About a block from the house, Jackson’s dreams were shattered. Three men pulled up in a car, shot Jackson in the upper leg and made off with the ring and other gifts. As Jackson lay on the ground bleeding, several cars slowed down, but nobody stopped to help. Eventually, he managed to crawl to Rodriguez

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