Columbia following state trend with high black homicide rate

Thursday, August 16, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:01 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

COLUMBIA — Bryan and Laura Rankin treasure small memorials to Bryan "Phatman" Rankin Jr.: a photo collage in the living room, embroidered Cardinals hats in the closet and the black ink tributes to him tattooed on their forearms.