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Down on Colfax, other prostitutes are grieving for Belinda, too. One, named Laura, stopped by Rodney's apartment on Christmas Eve to extend her condolences. "She was all upset over it," Rodney says. "She said Belinda was such a good kid." Laura also told Rodney about her own experience with a guy in a white Rabbit who'd pulled a knife on her. "She said she'd had to run out of the car, naked. I asked her, `Is it worth it?' And she said, `I just can't get off the stuff.'

"There's good people out there," says Rodney. "It's just the crack, man.

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