Community leaders working to curb youth violence

The latest homicide arrest is another reminder of the youth being locked up for murder.

It’s a disturbing trend we’ve been covering for months.

Just a few hours ago, that teenager was brought to the Juvenile Detention Center in handcuffs.

Police and community leaders are hoping to reach our city’s youth before they take another’s life, and end up losing the rest of theirs.

“Our kids listen to (violence) in their earbuds every day, they look at it on TV, it's on the video games. So they tend to be acting it out,” said Delvin Lane, a leader with 901 Bloc Squad.

Murders have been on the rise lately among our youngest criminals.

Of 2016's 228 homicides, five percent of the suspects were juveniles, 12 total.

There were nearly twice as many juvenile victims.

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“I was one of those troubled kids,” recalls Lane.

Lane is a former Gangster Disciple, who now is a leader with 901 Bloc Squad, going after the city’s most vulnerable kids.

“We try to meet and approach (teens) where they are before they commit a crime or take somebody's life,” said Lane.

Nowadays, guns are almost as easy to get as cell phones.
"There are so many ways to come across a gun, all you need is 20 or 30 bucks and you got a pistol," said Lane.

It may seem disheartening to hear, but Lane said preventing the crime is possible, but it starts with the adults at home.

“They know the kids are hiding weapons under the bed, in the closet,” said Lane. “The moms and dads and uncles and aunties need to get ahold of those weapons before the kids get them and get out on the streets to commit crimes with them.”

“We have to get in our kid’s business and find out what's going on, talk to them.”