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Netflix’s ‘Strong Island’ Investigates How a Teacher Became Prime Suspect in His Own Murder (Video)

Streaming service’s latest true crime series focusing on the 1992 homicide of a young, black teacher, debuts next month

Netflix has released its first trailer for its new crime series, “Strong Island,” which chronicles the murder of school teacher William Ford, Jr., and the way it shaped the victim’s family.

“You stumble out of the garage and into the yard, where you fall,” the trailer begins. “You lie on the ground, bullet through your heart, and know you will never see your sisters again, your mother, your father. That was the beginning.”

According to the synopsis, in April 1992, Ford, a black 24-year-old teacher, was killed by Mark Reilly, a white 19-year-old mechanic. Ford was unarmed, but became the prime suspect in his own murder.

Director Yance Ford chronicles the arc of his family “across history, geography and tragedy — from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City.” The Ford family discusses how their lives where changed by the murder of William as well as racism in America.

“No officer spoke to me, no officer would look at me,” William’s mother says in the trailer.

“This kid is actually going to get away with murder,” his sister adds.

“Strong Island” will debut on Netflix and in limited theatrical release on Sept. 15.

Watch the trailer above.