North St. Louis gang helps its community - KMOV.com

North St. Louis gang helps its community

(KMOV) -- A north St. Louis neighborhood called on the most unlikely group to get a helping hand in cleaning their community Saturday.

After five killing and shootings a few weeks ago, residents in the north St. Louis decided to try a new approach to end the violence by inviting gang members to join in cleaning up their neighborhood. A neighborhood shop keeper came up with the idea and hooked up gang member with a couple lawmakers.

Organizers said about 50 people came out today. They plan to keep going and clean up block by block of their neighborhood every weekend, making their way to a neighborhood that's home to another gang.

Lawmakers will meet with members of that neighboring community next week.

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