Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Man Who Helped Broker Gang Truce Gunned Down

Hero Fund Established In Peace Activist's Name


BOSTON -- Religious leaders joined together Tuesday to announce the creation of a fund that would continue the work of a young peace activist who was unable to escape street violence.

NewsCenter 5's Janet Wu reported that Jahmol Norfleet was one of the key figures in brokering a gang truce in Boston. That truce was broken when Norfleet, who would have turned 21 Tuesday, was gunned down and killed last week.

Norfleet led a gang for many years, and he served a prison term. But last spring, he helped negotiate a truce that held until last week when he was gunned down in front of his grandmother's apartment after returning from a meeting at his church.

"Now, I'm not saying that overnight Jahmol became an angel because there was a transition, and he was still working his way through those issues. But he worked through those issues and had many successes in his commitment to change his life," said the Rev. Miniard Culpepper, of Pleasant Hills Baptist Church.

The group is organizing the Jahmol Norfleet Hero's Fund to raise money for an anti-violence video he was hoping to produce and to promote leadership skills among those in his neighborhood.

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