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Cure Violence

A man crosses the street in Dutchtown on November 22, 2019.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

The Dutchtown neighborhood, in southeast St. Louis, has seen anti-violence initiatives come and go over the years.

Now it’s one of three neighborhoods selected for a nationally known program called Cure Violence. As its name suggests, Cure Violence treats violent crime such as shootings and homicides as a disease that can be cured with the right intervention.

In Dutchtown, there’s a sense of cautious hope that the latest initiative might make a difference in a neighborhood that’s seen 13 people killed and more than 130 shot this year alone.

To help students cope with environmental stressors, Emerson Academy offers therapy sessions, a specialized curriculum and a violence intervention program. Oct. 2, 2019
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Early this spring, Shamyia Ford Jennings, 17, walked with her cousin and a friend to a corner store in north St. Louis. Minutes later, she was in St. Louis Children’s Hospital with a bullet wound in left leg. Her friend had also been shot, in the foot. 

And a couple of summers ago, Devin Smith, 16, was playing basketball on the playground with family members when someone fired shots in his direction. His cousin was hit in the drive-by. 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed prepares to gavel his colleagues into session on Oct. 4, 2019.
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis will soon start spending money on a program that officials hope will make a difference in reducing violent crime throughout the city.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday unanimously approved a $5 million appropriation for Cure Violence, a program that’s been used in other cities throughout the country to prevent gun violence and homicides.

Darren Seals, the founder of an anti-violence group called the Sankofa Unity Center, speaks on Sept. 24, 201 in favor of a bill that allocates about $5 million for a program called Cure Violence. The measure passed the public safety committee unanimously.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Oct. 3 with approval by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment

Funding to start a nationally recognized anti-violence program in St. Louis has cleared another hurdle. 

The Board of Estimate and Apportionment, which oversees the city’s budget, approved spending $5 million of the city’s $23 million surplus on Cure Violence. The vote on Thursday comes less than a week after the Board of Aldermen gave unanimous first-round approval to the money, and sets up a final board vote on Friday.

The subject was murder

Sep 25, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 25, 2010 - Candles have an especially unpleasant meaning for Jeanette Culpepper. She recalls a recent conversation with a donor.

"He said to me, 'I'm tired of buying candles'," she remembered. "'I know you are. I'm tired of lighting them.'"

But light them she does - and has at vigil after vigil during the nearly two decades since her 22-year-old son was shot to death.