Finding Alpha

graffiti_sized_rounded.jpgOn Sunday October 31, 2010, just after 1:30AM, and they were on their way to a friend's place in Montreal. But, as they were prone to do, the five teenagers took a detour. They decided to tag - or spray-paint their names - on a tunnel in the Turcot rail yards. Three of the boys were standing on the tracks when the Via Rail passenger train approached. But they didn't hear it. Moments later those three taggers - Dylan Ford, Mitchell Bracken and Richard Conesa were killed.

In the graffiti community, the danger is part of the point of the art. That's why you see it in the most unlikely places.

On the sides of trains. On the bottom of a highway overpass. Boldly written across structures that look impossible to reach.

The more dangerous the location of the hit, the more respect you earn for your work.

A classmate of the three boys died under similar circumstances two years ago.

Five years ago, an 18-year old graffiti artist in Toronto was killed the same way. His name was Bardia Bryan Zargham - but his tag name was "Alpha." He was known as "the King of the Bombers."

That May, The Sunday Edition's Elizabeth Gray went in search of the teenage subculture in which Alpha played a central role. Her documentary was called, Finding Alpha and today, we are presenting it again. And a warning - this documentary includes some language that may offend some viewers.

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