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Deaths darken Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong (CNN)On a hot summer night earlier this month, a few thousand people gathered in Hong Kong to honor a 28-year-old woman who many of them had never met.Under the glow of Hong Kong's harbor-side Ferris wheel, they lit candles, sang songs, and left messages to her on colorful Post-it notes, calling her "brave.""We will accomplish what is left to be done," wrote one.The death of the woman -- known to most of the world by her last name, Mak -- was the fourth suspected suicide to be connected by local media to ongoing demonstrations, sparked initially by a controversial extradition bill that many feared could further limit freedoms in the semi-autonomous city.The bill has been suspended, but over a period of just a few months the moveme ...