Neighborhood calls for end of violence after teen killed in drive-by - KMOV.com

Neighborhood calls for end of violence after teen killed in drive-by

(KMOV) -- A St. Louis neighborhood is calling for an end to the violence weeks after a 15-year-old boy was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Neighbors near Hodiamont Ave. gathered in a north St. Louis park for a concert preaching peace. The area is known for its diverse group of residents. Many of those attending the day-long event live in the area and recently immigrated to the U.S. from Africa or southern Asia.

Unfortunately, the neighborhood is also close to danger. Many of the children in the neighborhood are refugees from Africa, the Middle East and East Asia, and have become accustomed to the violence in the area.

Refugee Sahele Wodede was killed earlier in the summer, and his family is struggling with more than just the loss. They're having trouble communicating.

"Many people don't understand that it's the kids that become the ambassadors for the parents because the kids learn English," Cecilia Nadal said. "So now they don't have a main person in their family to help them."

Organizers encouraged residents to get to know each other and their cultures so that neighbors are no longer strangers.

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