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Community involvement can fight gang violence, says Circuit Attorney

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce is pleased when neighborhoods take an active approach to fighting violence.

“We can never solve the problem completely or in a lasting way if we don't get the community involved," said Joyce.  

There is a strong neighborhood watch program in Lafayette Square. Leaders told residents in a newsletter, "There is an ongoing war between two rival gangs."

“I don't know that I would call it a war, but a handful of gangs right now actively dispute each other and they get into disputes about silly things, respect sometimes girls,” said Joyce.

Some business owners did not want to go on camera, but told News 4 robberies, burglaries and even car break-ins happen often in Lafayette Square.

“We do have a lot of violence in St. Louis unrelated to gangs. Armed robberies up as well,” said Joyce.

She also said she is aware of the major players creating violence in the community and working to get them off the streets.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office said you can find a list of ways to fight crime in St. Louis at this link.
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