i'm randall pinkston. i'll be back in an hour with another news. >> baltimore's sandtown neighborhood. the heart of west baltimore, and one of the city's poorest areas. this is where freddie gray grew up -- known to friends as pepper. >> why was his nickname pepper? >> i never heard of pepper being bad for nobody, salt is bad for you, salt will kill you. i never heard nobody dying from pepper, everybody loves pepper. and he was dark skinned, so. >> brandon ross is freddie's god-brother. >> on april 12, reports say freddie was walking down the street when he made eye contact with officers -- and then ran. >> police chased gray and arrested him on the sidewalk here at the gilmor homes. >> where were you when he was arrested? >> right there with him. if you look at the original video that they shown, and you see the guy pointing, walking up, that's me. yeah, so, i was there throughout the whole thing, seen the whole process. >> freddie was conscious when he was loaded into a paddy wagon. when it arrived at th
. >> i'm randall pinkston in new york. back in an hour with news at 11 and 8:00p.m. pacific. pacific. >> we've arrived in puerto rico, $70 billion in debt. residents are american citizens, but the poverty rate here is 3 times the national average. now, with the economy facing collapse, record numbers are using their american passports to get out. >> i have never been away from home, like this is the first time for a long time. >> why did he choose to go? >> he wanted to go. his choice. >> so, the family is incredibly sad, the son is going away for the very first time, he's 21-year old. he's got a job in orlando, florida, and he thought it was a better opportunity. he's taking a flight right now. >> yeah, i mean all my friends are leaving. a lot of people i know, that i talk to, yeah i'm leaving soon, and maybe might not come back. so, they're like yeah i want to do that too, 'cause it will be a better like life there, and i don't know, you know the economy... it's like, it'll be better over there. >> does it make you sad to leave puerto rico? >> it does. this is my home, my f
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