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“Johnny was an superb fighter, He inspired me to be the fighter I was, He will always be remembered in my heart...God Bless and Rest in peace Mr. Tapia ”
1 of 114 | Posted by: Gabe Criado - Clovis, CA

“Johnny Tapia will ALWAYS be our Champ!!! God Bless your Beautiful Family; hes in a better place..Hes resting now.. ”
2 of 114 | Posted by: Trina Casias - Albuquerque, NM

“Johnny Tapia. While I never met you or any of your family. You have always been apart of my life. I have follow you since the beginning of your...Read More »
3 of 114 | Posted by: Ralph W Ortiz - Albuquerque, NM

“Rest in fame. ”
4 of 114 | Posted by: Gail L Padilla (de Padilla) - CO

“R.I.P. JOHNNY !!! GOD BLESS YOU ALWAY'S!!! ”
5 of 114 | Posted by: michelle - denver, CO - cousin

“May you rest in peace Johnny our condolences to your family. We want to thank you for all the thrills and for autographing a picture for us that we...Read More »
6 of 114 | Posted by: John and Tina Duffy - NY

“Our deepest thoughts and sympathy and even more love than you'll ever know are going out to you and your entire family. You will truly be missed and...Read More »
7 of 114 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Moses n Sophie Giron - NM

“Tapia Famiy, My Prayer's are with you. Your at Peace Bro. Rest in Peace. ”
8 of 114 | Posted by: David Garcia - Veguita, NM

“Johnny, Your were a insperication to all. You are at peace and what a joy to be with your mom in heaven, just want to thank you Johnny for being...Read More »
9 of 114 | Posted by: Carmen Gutierrez - Albuquerque, NM

“God bless to Thersa and her sons Johnny will be missed dearly,what a joyful reunion he will have in heaven with his mother. All your worries and...Read More »
10 of 114 | Posted by: The Hagans Family - Fort Collins, CO

“I am truly sorry for your loss, he was a good person and a loving father and husband he Will be missed but never forgotten. My prayers go out to the...Read More »
11 of 114 | Posted by: Twila Montoya - Bernalillo , NM

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
12 of 114 | Posted by: Twila Montoya - Bernalillo , NM

“Johnny, You are a wonderful person with a big heart. You had gone through a lot of trials and tribulations in your life and always...Read More »
13 of 114 | Posted by: Brenda Young Dixon - Dallas, TX

“My family and I knew you when you were at AHS. We attended the Pauly fight in Las Vegas what a great spirit was in that arena. May the Lord welcome...Read More »
14 of 114 | Posted by: Margie gallegos & Family

“Gods Blessings to you and your family! Johnny was a hero in so may ways even though he fought his demons he still made God number one, his family...Read More »
15 of 114 | Posted by: Yvette Romero - Albuquerque, NM

“My brotha, You were a GREAT friends in High school & after High school we stayed very close. You will always be a champ to me and to the 505. Rest In...Read More »
16 of 114 | Posted by: Jerry Griego - Albuquerque, NM

“I am truly sorry for your loss Tapia Family. Johnny is and always will be Albuquerque's one true champion no matter what he has dealt with. ”
17 of 114 | Posted by: Darlene Churchill - Albuquerque, NM

“I'm very sad for your loss. Johnny was a great man with a heart of Gold. He's now in the heavens young & free of lifes trials and tribulations. God...Read More »
18 of 114 | Posted by: Crystal Gutierrez-Baca - NM

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Theresa and family. May god be with you on this hard time of the loss of your loved one. Johnny was a very kind ...Read More »
19 of 114 | Posted by: Vanessa - albuquerque, NM

“My condolences go out to the family, Mrs.Tapia, you have a heart after God's own heart!!! You were a loving wife just the way God wants us to be!!! ...Read More »
20 of 114 | Posted by: Josie Olguin-Gonzales - NM - Fan

“May God Bless you Teresa and Your Family, This is just the beginning It will be a rough road ahead Just pray and be strong and God should be by your...Read More »
21 of 114 | Posted by: Paul & Jessie Zamora - NM

“TERESA & FAMIY JUST TO LET YOU KNOW HOW VERY SORRY WE ARE FOR YOUR LOSS. OUR PRAYERS &OUR LOVE GO OUT TO YOU. ...Read More »
22 of 114 | Posted by: PHIL, ROSE & CASSANDR SENA TACO PHILS - NM

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Tapia family during this difficult time. My family and friends just sat down and watched the Tapia vs. Romero...Read More »
23 of 114 | Posted by: Esther Sandoval - Forest Grove, OR

“Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to the whole Tapia Family... Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you in your time of sorrow... May God Bless All...Read More »
24 of 114 | Posted by: The Moyas - Albuquerque, NM

“My Prayers go out To you Theresa and your children, may god help you through this difficult time. i first met johnny when i was 15 at Wells park, i...Read More »
25 of 114 | Posted by: Shirley Pena - Belen, NM - Friend

“Johnny may your life struggles never live in vein. May people use your fight to show them that life is precious. With every opstical that was put...Read More »
26 of 114 | Posted by: Antionette Candelaria - Friend

“MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE ENTIRE TAPIA FAMILY, I AM SO SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I KNEW AND HEARD WHAT A GREAT BOXER JOHNNY WAS I NEVER GOT...Read More »
27 of 114 | Posted by: annie yenter - golden, CO

“My prayers go out to the Tapia family. I would like to say thank you Johnny. My brother Tony Carrillo was your biggest fan. You gave him hope. ...Read More »
28 of 114 | Posted by: Mona Carrillo - Albuquerque, NM

“My continued prayers for the family. ”
29 of 114 | Posted by: Bobbie Ostler - Albuquerque, NM

“My prayers to all the Tapia Family. May you Rest In Peace. IT WAS A GOOD FIGHT JOHNNY, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. ”
30 of 114 | Posted by: Antoinette M - Gledale, AZ

“Johnny....May you rest in peace my dear friend...You had a heart of gold, a wonderful spirit and always saw the glass half full rather than half...Read More »
31 of 114 | Posted by: Beverly Bailey & Richard Madrid - AZ

“Who Did'nt Love JT He Made us CHICANOS PROUD But It Was So Sad To Here Of His Passing.I Love to see el vato De Mi Vida Loca Fight.Win Or Lose I Loved...Read More »
32 of 114 | Posted by: Daniel AKA El Huero Martinez - TX

“Dear Theresa and children. I first met Johnny and you when my son John and I were eating at Outback near Coors. Johnny recognized my son and said ...Read More »
33 of 114 | Posted by: Shirley Lockard - Placitas, NM

“TAPIA FAMILY, THERESA AND CHILDREN, OUR HEARTS ARE HEAVY WITH SADNESS AT THE LOSS OF JOHNNY. WE MET JOHNNY SEVERAL TIMES AT PARTIES AT DAVE AND...Read More »
34 of 114 | Posted by: MELVIN AND LORETTA CHAVEZ - NM

“Dear Teresa & children This is truly one of the saddest day's for Albuquerque (Burque), the loss of our "CHAMP"!!!!!! I never met you & Johnny but...Read More »
35 of 114 | Posted by: Marcia & Len - Rio rancho, NM

“Sra. Teresa, Aunque no tuve la oportunidad de conocer a su esposo Johnny personalmente tuve la oportunidad de seguir su carrera de cerca. Me...Read More »
36 of 114 | Posted by: Fan - Albuquerque, NM

“RIP Johnny.Even though i never really knew you.The times i saw you in vegas and told you i was from Burque.You treated me like i was your hommie. ”
37 of 114 | Posted by: Stephen Nieto - Albuquerque, NM

“Johnny you made everyone you met feel as though they were your only fan! From my family with respect and honor you a true people's champ, Albuquerque...Read More »
38 of 114 | Posted by: Cornelio Montoya - Albuquerque, NM

“God Bless all of you now in your time of need. Johnny you will always be Albuquerques Champ! Johnny you were a wonderful friend with a spirit and...Read More »
39 of 114 | Posted by: The Romos & The Gallegos - NM

“Very Sorry for the great loss, our prayers and thoughts are with the family ,Johnny will be greatly missed . God Bless the family through these hard...Read More »
40 of 114 | Posted by: Leo Rael - los lunas, NM

“Theresa, I am so sorry for your deeply loving loss of your husband. When I found out about Johnny thoughts came to my mind about my husband. I...Read More »
41 of 114 | Posted by: Sophie Gutierrez "Lovato" - NM

“Your family is in our prayer and we are sorry for your loss. ”
42 of 114 | Posted by: Orlando - Albuquerque, NM

“R.I.P. VATO YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!! ”
43 of 114 | Posted by: Manuel Sedillo and family - NM

“I am very saddened to hear of johnny's passing, I met johnny at the hall of fame in 1998. It was a great moment in my life meeting him and I will...Read More »
44 of 114 | Posted by: Ernest Brown - Zion, IL

“You were the kindest and most giving man I have ever met. Our earth was so blessed to have you here and now you are back with our lord. You never...Read More »
45 of 114 | Posted by: Susy Golden - Albuquerque, NM

“Johnny, you will be missed by any, but we all know that your in a better place. You are now with your mom. Make the lord be with Teresa and your...Read More »
46 of 114 | Posted by: Adame Family - Albuquerque, NM

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tapia family. May you rest in peace Johnny. ”
47 of 114 | Posted by: Anthony & Andrea - Las Vegas, NV

“Dear Teresa, Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Johnny. I was truly saddened when I heard that he had passed. We always...Read More »
48 of 114 | Posted by: Ralph X. Atencio - Espanola, NM

“Teresa Tapia and family I feel like I lost a family member. He will always be the CHAMP! Please know that your grief is shared by all the Vigil...Read More »
49 of 114 | Posted by: Victor Vigil - Farmington, NM

“Johnny tapia u will be miss i will all ways rember when we frist meet for ur party in las vagas nm rip jahnny tapia ”
50 of 114 | Posted by: chris - santa fe , NM - freind

“Rest in peace champ. ”
51 of 114 | Posted by: LYONS - fan

“Dear Teresa , Jonathon , Lorenzo , Niccolai , and Family . My heart is sad for your loss. Johnny came in to my life 3 times . Twice I was...Read More »
52 of 114 | Posted by: ANTHONY COLSON - Albuquerque, NM

“Teresa and family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one he will be greatly missed god bless you all and our prayers go out...Read More »
53 of 114 | Posted by: Tenorio family - Pico rivera, CA

“With deepest sympathy on your loss. My son had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Mr Tapia and said nice things about him. God Bless your...Read More »
54 of 114 | Posted by: J. Marquez - Espanola, NM - none

“I didnt know Johnny personally. Ive seen him in the ring I'm very saddened for your loss as well as the loss to the boxing community. RIP Champ (...Read More »
55 of 114 | Posted by: Phillip Mota Sr. - Abq, NM

“It hurts to know such a good friend like Johnny is here no-more. He is in alot better place in Heaven rejoicing with God and his angels. Johnny...Read More »
56 of 114 | Posted by: Arturo Alvarado - NM

“Teresa and Family, It is with great sorrow to learn of the passing of Johnny. The first time we met you all was in Las Cruces at the Whole...Read More »
57 of 114 | Posted by: Tito and Eva Hinojosa - NM

“GOD BLESS RIP...!!A great MAN !! A Great CHAMP!!! ”
58 of 114 | Posted by: Jacob Maes

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59 of 114 | Posted by: chris tapia - Albuquerque, NM

“To the entire Tapia Family: First and foremost, our condolences to all of you! Albuquerque has lost a great person. No words can express the...Read More »
60 of 114 | Posted by: Steve and Maria Gutierrez - NM

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61 of 114 | Posted by: chris tapia - Albququerque, NM

“To the Tapia Family: All I can say we all lost a part of our family when Johnny died. I met him when he had just won the Golden Gloves at his...Read More »
62 of 114 | Posted by: Judy - Albuquerque, NM, NM

“May you rest in peace Johnny you will be missed may god bless your family. ”
63 of 114 | Posted by: Mr and Mrs Dimas Padilla And Family - NM

“Jonny Tapia this is a prayer for you and your amazing family! Dear God in Heaven above Today is the day that You took someone we love We know...Read More »
64 of 114 | Posted by: Cora "Saavedra" Urioste - NM

“May you now have complete peace & rest. To the Tapias: I pray that you also find peace in your heart during these most difficult times. Johnny...Read More »
65 of 114 | Posted by: Debbie - Albuquerque, NM

“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Johnny Tapia, you all are in our thoughts and prayers! Johnny will be very missed by all of u, may he rest in...Read More »
66 of 114 | Posted by: Emily Vigil - Rio Rancho, NM

“May you always R.I.P... ”
67 of 114 | Posted by: Diane Potts - albuquerque, NM

“Theresa's family and the Tapias family. I am sorry for the loss of Johnny, We will always remember him and We all loved him. The great Champ. Johnny...Read More »
68 of 114 | Posted by: Margie Lovato - Abuquerque, NM

“Theresa, I am so sorry about Johnny. May he rest in peace and while I know it will be a difficult adjustment, may our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,...Read More »
69 of 114 | Posted by: Theresa - Albuquerque, NM

“Johnny you're in Peace now and with your Mom and my Uncle Mike. You used to call me Auntie Margie. When you were small, Uncle Mike used to call you...Read More »
70 of 114 | Posted by: Margie Lovato - Abuquerque, NM

“I can remember like it was yesterday, that summer day in Las Vegas when Johnny fought Danny Romero Jr. Getting the chills as Johnny entered the ring!...Read More »
71 of 114 | Posted by: The Cotinola Family - Albuquerque, NM

“To the Tapia Family: My family was a fan of Johnny, we always would love to watch his fights, I remember us all gathering and ready for the show as...Read More »
72 of 114 | Posted by: Candy Nelson - Albuquerque, NM

“As growing up in the barrio with johnny in till this time and age has been a blessing to know i had the pleasure to know that i was with a rising...Read More »
73 of 114 | Posted by: Lucinao Griego/575/418/5312 - NM

“Will miss you. God bless ”
74 of 114 | Posted by: Alice Garcia - Albuquerque, NM

“So sorry for your loss. Alice, Jamie, Santiago and Jacob. Knowing you was a pleasure. May God guide you now. The thing I remember about Johnny is his...Read More »
75 of 114 | Posted by: Alice Garcia - Albuquerque, NM

“RIP Champ. May the lord wrap his arms around your family and help them through the grief. May God Bless them all. ”
76 of 114 | Posted by: Maria Romero - Albuquerque, NM

“I first met Johnny Tapia when he was in middle school. As a staff member I felt the utmost respect for this young man and some of his friends. He...Read More »
77 of 114 | Posted by: Josie - Albuquerque, NM

“My boyfriend Johnny L. Tapia & I attended Johnny Tapia's Gym grand opening, the place was packed. Johnny made everyone there to feel welcome. I...Read More »
78 of 114 | Posted by: Paula Welsh - Albuquerque, NM

“DearTapia Family, It is with great sadness that we send our condolences to your family.We pray that the God of all peace will comfort and console...Read More »
79 of 114 | Posted by: Orlando & Claudette Sena and Family. - NM

“New Mexico has lost one of it's greatest Sons! He carried a Cross, and carried it bravely. You are now at Peace with Jesus who loves you so much; we...Read More »
80 of 114 | Posted by: Isaac Sanchez - Santa Fe, NM

“Dear Teresa, Please accept my condolences for the loss of your husband. Although I never had the opportunity to meet Johnny and you, I have...Read More »
81 of 114 | Posted by: Dr. Larry Robert Semark - NM

“To the Tapia family, I want to express my sincere sorrow to you all. I am and always will be a true fan of Johnny's. I was lucky to attend many of...Read More »
82 of 114 | Posted by: Lorrie Sparrow - Albuquerque, NM

“To the Tapia family, sorry about your loss. Johnny, Mi Vida loca Tapia From.Albuquerque N.M R.i p. Johnny Tapia. God Bless the Tapia family. ”
83 of 114 | Posted by: John Trujillo - Albuq, NM

“Teresa, I just wanted to say that Johnny was blessed to have you as his wife. You protected, loved and stood by him in good and bad times. I do not...Read More »
84 of 114 | Posted by: Lori - albuquerque, NM

“Your lighting fast punches and you're smirk of a smile in the ring will truelly be missed... sleep with angels Johnny and pray for the rest of us...Read More »
85 of 114 | Posted by: Melissa Gutierrez - Albuquerque, NM

“Teresa and family. my prayers are with you and all your family,all my grandchildren have an autograph picture of him,when your sister marie took us...Read More »
86 of 114 | Posted by: joann abeyta - las vegas, NV

“My condolences to the Tapia family. What a great loss to the family and to the many boxing fans out there. Johnny put Albuquerque on the map. The...Read More »
87 of 114 | Posted by: Carmen .P - Albuquerque, NM - fan

“My deepest sympathy to you at this time of sorrow. Johnny is in God's care now and what better care could we ever ask for him? Now I pray for your...Read More »
88 of 114 | Posted by: Jacquelyn Baca - Albuquerque, NM

“johnny the lord has a special place planned out for you we think it was to early to be called home but the dear lord has its plans to the wife kids...Read More »
89 of 114 | Posted by: teresa rojas - st roberts , MO

“Dear Johnny---In addition to the following Memorial we sent on line here, we send our deepest sympathy to losing you. Our Family in Minnesota who...Read More »
90 of 114 | Posted by: Pastor Frenchie Pamela Shepherd and Michael - NM

“Johnny will truly be missed, he was so friendly and took so much pride in his hometown. May the hands of god be with his family and guide them in...Read More »
91 of 114 | Posted by: Mona Hoffman - Albuquerque, NM

“I would like to extend my sympathies, and thanks to the Tapia family. From the time I met Johnny in Target, to all the times I was lucky enough to...Read More »
92 of 114 | Posted by: Anthony Hall - Albuquerque, NM

“I would like to extend my sympathies, and thanks to the Tapia family. From the time I met Johnny in Target, to all the times I was lucky enough to...Read More »
93 of 114 | Posted by: Anthony Hall

“Johnny was a dear beloved friend who we spent quality private time with. We considered him part of our family. The media at the gym caught both of us...Read More »
94 of 114 | Posted by: THE SHEPHERDS- Pastor Frenchie Pamela Shepherd & Michael - NM

“From being an amateur to a World Champion, we have always followed Johnny. He was such an amazing human being. He had a passion for life and for...Read More »
95 of 114 | Posted by: Darlene and Raymond Valdez - NM

“Tapia family I'm so sorry for your loss, I didn't no Johnny but I was a fan. He represented Albuquerque.& he always called our for his grandpa when...Read More »
96 of 114 | Posted by: Barbara Flores - Albuquerque, NM

“Theresa, Our hearts were very saddened to hear of Johnny’s passing. He was Albuquerque’s Champion. Please except our deepest sympathy for your...Read More »
97 of 114 | Posted by: Ruben and Vanessa Barela - NM

“Such a tremendous loss to the State of New Mexico. Johnny Tapia...YOU are a TRUE HERO to many, as well as a WONDERFUL, HEARTFUL PERSON! My heart...Read More »
98 of 114 | Posted by: Rebecca E. Tapia - Santa Fe, NM

“God bless you fiend you will be truly missed ”
99 of 114 | Posted by: margaret rodarte-trujillo - NM

“May you forever be at peace now, guide and protect your family from up above and try to lead them in the right direction. You will always hold a...Read More »
100 of 114 | Posted by: Louisa Estrada - Abq, NM - Friend

“God bless you my bro ”
101 of 114 | Posted by: James Martinez - Brighton, CO

“Mr Johnny Tapia My Camarada, Carnal, If you Knew This Man Johnny Tapia We have truely Lost a Loyal Once in a Lifetime Friend, I to used to Go down to...Read More »
102 of 114 | Posted by: Boy Arredondo - Los Padillas, NM

“Teresa and family, my condolences goes out to you and your family.RIP Johnny tapia.you'll always be remenbered in are hearts. ”
103 of 114 | Posted by: patsy sedillo & family - NM

“To Teresa & Family: Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us...Read More »
104 of 114 | Posted by: Ridgeview Baptist Church - NM

“To a Dear Friend since childhood remember hanging out at a boxing Gym On 3rd St, Or the Wimpy Burgers In Barelas when they were Just 25 cents, We...Read More »
105 of 114 | Posted by: Jose Arredondo JR - Los Padillas, NM

“Jesus Chirst said in John 14: 1-3: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if...Read More »
106 of 114 | Posted by: Joe M. Romero - Albuquerque, NM

“RIP Johnny, May God Grant Your Light to Shine Upon Your Wife and Children and Allow You to Walk Beside Them Always. Theresa, Johnny is a Legend In ...Read More »
107 of 114 | Posted by: L Sepulveda-Chavez - Albuquerque, NM

“I Went to school with Johnny I will always remember his smile. He was the class clown in the year book at Albuquerue High because he was always...Read More »
108 of 114 | Posted by: Sandra Mora - Albuquerque, NM

“Sorry to hear this great fighter passed away I hope god gives the family the strenght they need. And johnny may the lord be waiting for you in that...Read More »
109 of 114 | Posted by: Familia Sanchez - El Paso, TX

“Although we did not know Johnny personally, our condolences to you and your family. My mom, Lucy, loved Johnny....even when she didn't know him. We...Read More »
110 of 114 | Posted by: Marie Chavez and Lucy Sepulveda-Chavez

“Just that i know who he was and about him and his family, i send my sincere condolences and prayers to Teresa and her children. if ever any one...Read More »
111 of 114 | Posted by: GM

“Johnny, rest in peace, you left us with a heavy heart but thats because you are very special to all of us here in nm. you were always so friendly...Read More »
112 of 114 | Posted by: Dolores McGuinness - albuquerque, NM

“Theresa and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Johnny. Words cannot express the grief you are going through. I hope you can find comfort...Read More »
113 of 114 | Posted by: Veronica R. Tovar - friend

“On behalf of the French Family of Companies we express our deepest condolences. ”
114 of 114 | Posted by: Harold Hamilton and Team - NM


Tapia, Johnny
"New Mexico's Most Beloved Fighter and Five Time World Boxing Champ", age 45, a life-long resident of Albuquerque, died Sunday, May 27, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Teresa C Tapia of Albuquerque, NM; children, S. Jonathon Chavez-Tapia, Johnny Lorenzo Tapia, and Johnny Niccolai Tapia; fathers, Jerry Padilla and Tom "Pops" Crego; siblings, Geraldine Trujillo, Jerry Padilla, Jr., Jeffrey Padilla, Johnny Lee Padilla, James Padilla, Michael Montgomery, Chris Chavez, Vickie Tapia, Cruzita Tapia, Nellie Artiaga, Chris Tapia, Randall Tapia, Anthony Tapia, Oliver Tapia, Virginia Tapia-Gutierrez, Anna Garcia and Manuel Garcia; grandmother, Esther Tapia and their families; and numerous other relatives and friends. Johnny was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Tapia; grandfather, Miguel Tapia; sister, Lisa Tapia; brothers, Richard Tapia and Robert Gutierrez; niece, Jessica Baca; and nephew Benny Tapia Johnny was born on February 13, 1967 in Albuquerque and graduated from Albuquerque High, Class of 1985. He was a loving husband, father, son, grandson, and brother and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Friends may visit French, Westside Chapel, Sunday, June 3, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held at The UNM Pit, Sunday, June 3, 2012, 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.with service following at 8:00 p.m. CAMERAS, VIDEO EQUIPMENT, AND CELL PHONES IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Team Tapia Boxing, 2500 San Mateo Place, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 to benefit any upcoming amateur boxers.

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