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Team plays first home football game after shooting concerns

Muskegon Heights Academy

A western Michigan high school football team has played its first home game of the season after safety concerns tied to a spate of shootings in the city forced one contest to be cancelled and the second to be moved.

WOOD-TV and The Muskegon Chronicle report Sunday that Muskegon Heights Academy hosted Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard Saturday.

Muskegon Heights lost 44-0.

Muskegon Heights Academy coach Tommie Elliott tells WOOD-TV that it meant a lot for his team to play in front of family and friends.

Four men were shot -- one fatally -- Aug. 30 in Muskegon Heights, northwest of Grand Rapids.

Two other men were slain on separate days in early September.

One was among the men wounded Aug. 30.

Authorities have said the shootings appear to be related.

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