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Aberdeen perplexed by attacks on Vi Ripken

Aberdeen perplexed by attacks on Vi Ripken

No one's a stranger in Aberdeen, residents say, and concerns about crime are rare. So, it's hard enough for many to believe an elderly woman would be threatened at gunpoint, much less on two separate occasions. That the victim would be the matriarch of Baltimore's most celebrated baseball family — 75-year-old Vi Ripken, mother of former Baltimore Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr. — that's inconceivable. "Everybody here, we know each other," said Barbara Hawkins, Vi Ripken's 69-year-old neighbor, "and it's unfathomable that this would happen." According to police, Vi Ripken thwarted an armed carjacker as she made her way to the...

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