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Cincinnati police respond to wave of youth violence

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- A boy shot to death last weekend was the fourth 14-year-old killed in Cincinnati in five months and police say young offenders committed the crimes.

A professor of criminology at UC says this wave of youthful victims and offenders is not something happening around the country.  It's our problem.  This is a story you'll see only on local 12 news,

Police go door to door inside the Poinciana Apartments on Reading Road where a 14-year-old girl was shot to death by a 14-year-old boy playing with a gun.

The letter from the Captain for the district that covers Avondale says efforts are underway to make the apartment a safer place to live.
   
"I look forward to our partnership," signs Captain Neville.
   
He will only say the efforts have been in the works for weeks.

"I understand warmer weather increases problems.  Going to get in front of it now, some people living here now will not be here in summer. That's right I can promise you that," Neville said.
   
The police plan  is likely about taking out high risk adults, influencing children.

"These men, some fathers of these children, introduce their kids to behavior. They show them how to be violent, introduce them to a street culture, where slight disrespect can mean someone being shot," Dr. Wright said.

Wright said Cincinnati's initiative to reduce violence is the right strategy.  It focuses on the most violent offenders, who introduce children to a culture of crime, and even use them.

Young men and teens hang out in front of the Poinciana Apartment everyday according to neighbors who say sometimes there are so many its hard to walk down the sidewalk.  They can expect that to change.

Doctor Wright says even the though the CIRV initiative has been around for years, it lost momentum when the city stopped funding it.  Mayor John Cranley changed that when he took office.

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