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Why Cities Need More Teenagers Like Gary’s Langston Stalling

Kimathi T. Lewis

Published on July 10, 2018

It’s a city that steals the young, takes children from their mothers and mothers from their children. It’s a city where lives slip away easily and efficiently, lost to the streets, to jails, to gangs and guns.

The headlines tell the same story — Gary, Indiana is a dangerous place to live. Five years ago, its homicide rate per capita was among the highest in the nation. That same year, The (Munster) Times reported 42 homicides in Gary. Last year, there were 46 murders. So far this year, there have been 18, according to NWI Times. And the numbers are expected to climb.