“It was hard time served from a wheelchair, the result of a paralyzing gunshot in the back during a violent house party.
And while Rudy Salazar, 39, turned his back on the gang lifestyle, the remnants of that tumultuous time — crude tattoos that cover his face and body, aching memories of a wasted life, unending pain from chronic pressure wounds — never left him.
Now a patient of Sangre de Cristo Hospice, Salazar is making the most of his remaining time by warning youngsters of the grim consequences of poor decisions, especially those related to gang activity.”
This incident hardly made big news. The drive-by went unreported by the local media until this post — and when asked if that surprises him, Reverend Leon Kelly, the man behind Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, who’s spent decades fighting gang violence in Cole and other Denver neighborhoods, offers a humorless laugh. He clearly would have been much more surprised if the shooting had been reported.
DENVER, – It was a violent and deadly weekend in the Denver Metro Area.
In 48 hours, five people were killed, four others were shot and one other person was stabbed.
“Anytime we have a weekend like this it’s greatly concerning,” said Denver Police spokesperson Sonny Jackson.
CHICAGO — During Memorial Day weekend, this city reopens its Lake Michigan beaches, regular fireworks displays start at Navy Pier, and the downtown streets and spruced-up Riverwalk are crowded with tourists.
But the holiday weekend is often seen here as the start of heightened violence as well. That has been particularly worrying this year to community leaders and city officials, as they grapple with a rise in gun violence that has traumatized some neighborhoods and left city officials searching for new ways to subdue street crime.
DENVER – Three men with known ties to Denver-area gangs were arrested late Monday night for illegally selling firearms – many of which were stolen during residential burglaries.