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North City neighborhood taking new approach to tackle crime

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St. Louis First Ward. Credit: KMOV St. Louis First Ward. Credit: KMOV

A North City neighborhood fed up with crime is taking matters into its own hands.

A group of community leaders, clergy members and residents are teaming up in an effort to stop violence in the First Ward, which is located near the intersection of I-70 and Kingshighway.

“Our goal as an organization is to re-establish the First Ward as a family-oriented area in which residents live, work, play without concerns for their safety or the safety of their children,” said Azim Aziz, a community activist.

The group formed after 12-year-old Kameill Taylor went missing while walking to school earlier January. Police found her more than two days later in a vacant house not far from her home. Police said she suffered trauma.

Part of the new group’s plan to combat violence is to have 10 neighbors patrol streets every weekday morning in their own cars, making sure children get to school safely.

The group is also raising reward money to help find the person or people who hurt Taylor.

“We are not going to stop until we get you, you don’t deserve to be walking our streets after doing something like that to a child in our community,” said Aziz.

The group plans to reach out to police to get them involved in their efforts. They are also putting together a list of abandoned buildings in the neighborhood that aren’t locked up, and will be giving them to the city.

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