Violent crime has featured in the Messenger too often in its 10-year history. In 2003, the deaths of Lester Divers and Gerald Smith sparked calls for action to prevent another generation facing violent deaths. But four residents have been shot dead since then and July saw another young life lost.
22 year old James Kamara was shot in Broomhall on 1st July 2009.The four young men arrested and charged with his murder all have connections with Pitsmoor. It shows that violence and criminality are still part of our lives despite the efforts of local people and agencies.
As we go to print, the trial for the murder of Tarek Chaiboub continues. Tarek was just 17 when he died on Spital St, while those on trial are all under the age of 22.
Work continues to prevent young people from falling into dangerous and criminal activities, but Burngreave will have to fight to keep resources for young people coming to our area, and we will have to keep hoping that this work will stop another generation of young people seeing their peers die in the street.
Copy deadline: 9th September 2009
Published: 26th September 2009
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