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Slab City, Calif., named for concrete slabs left over from a World War I military base, is where Shalon Gheen, who had previously lived in the Taos area, was killed in April. The off-the-grid community attracts “snowbird” campers to the Sonoran Desert in non-summer months and is also the permanent home to several dozen “slabbers.” (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

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