For years, anti-gang activist Leon Kelly has been keeping a list of those killed in gang violence. His list is growing. Since November, there have been 15 gang-related murders and several other shootings — many of them in northeast Denver.
Kelly, who runs Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, has been meeting with a group known as “The Council,” made up representatives from different gangs. He’s trying to broker a truce. And the Denver police are putting an extra $500,000 toward reducing gang violence and federal officials are paying to install video cameras in Denver neighborhoods where gangs are battling.