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Durham Mayor Presents Strategy To Prevent Gang Violence

Posted May 22, 2001 4:13 a.m. EDT

— Durham's mayor is calling on the community to fight gang violence, but people who live in neighborhoods touched by crime fear the mayor's plan is all talk and no action.

Durham police are investigating a rash of recent crimes, including shootings that they believe are gang-related. Mayor Nick Tennyson wants residents, church members and educators to attend an anti-gang forum later this week.

"We have to work together to share information or we'll never solve this or any other challenge," he says.

Some residents say previous meetings have not done much good.

"If it calms down for a while, it's over and the storm has passed, but it hasn't," says Durham resident Niya Greene.

An anti-gang forum will be held 6 p.m. Thursday at Durham City Hall. Tennyson says community leaders will meet on the fourth Thursday of every month through October.