Often kids who end up joining gangs are boys being raised by single moms in poor neighborhoods, says Toney Armstrong, the Director of the Memphis Police Department. And Armstrong says that’s his story, too.
It seems that we can’t go a week without a murder in Memphis, and so far this year, more than 140 people have died. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, homicide is the second leading cause of death for teenagers. And for young black male teens, it is the leading cause. In Memphis, agencies across the city strive to put a halt to the violence. And in North Frayser, Joe Hunter provides guidance to troubled youth after school and during times of darkness.