Bryan Epps and Darnell Moore

When Darnell Moore (right) was a teenager in Camden, New Jersey, he didn’t know he was gay, but he did know he was an outcast.

It was the late 1980s and Darnell was a mild-mannered A-student in a city where kids were expected to be tough.

He told his longtime friend Bryan Epps (left) about growing up in his neighborhood—and about an incident that shaped his youth.

Originally aired August 24, 2014, on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.