Gang problems escalating in schools and neighborhoods, says activist

Denver Police haven't confirmed that the shockingly public slayings of Justin O'Donnell and Deon Rudd in northeast Denver on Friday were gang-related. But Reverend Leon Kelly, the veteran activist behind Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, sees gang connections in this terrible act and many others that have happened in Five Points and beyond lately. Yet he also cites reasons for optimism.
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