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Rev. Leon Kelly, founder and executive director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, the oldest anti-gang program in Denver has this to say, “We have some gang members who come from very good two-parent households where the parents bend over backward, and junior just chooses gangs. We’ve always had a core of gang members who are generational, with dad, mothers and brothers (involved), and we’ve also had them coming from families of working parents.” Read the entire story here.
“One of the ways of killing a gang is by cutting off recruitment,” said the Rev. Leon Kelly, executive director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, the oldest anti-gang program in Denver. “If we can educate the younger ones, it’s easier to mold or build a kid than repair an adult.” Read the entire story here.
James Chapman was in the back of his T-shirt shop in northeast Park Hill, finishing up a custom airbrush job, when he heard gunshots. Seconds later, a young man came stumbling through the front door, dripping blood on the yellowing linoleum floor.
“I said, ‘Are you shot?'” Chapman recalls.
“A spate of gang shootings to kick off the summer is never a good sign, but it is one police expect.”