Man living gang life speaks out

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – He grew up around the gang life in the St. Louis area.​

“Waking up in the morning and going to the kitchen you see some people you don’t even know in the front room just doing drugs,” said a man we will call “Dave”.

Now “Dave” hopes leaving the gang life will set an example for others who grew up in a life of crime.  He asked us not to reveal his name, but felt he needed to speak out.

“You’re seeing the big drug dealers and you’re like, I want to be that man when I grow up,” he said.  “I didn’t want that type of life anymore.”

“Dave” says he’s seen loved ones shot and has been the target of gunfire.  He was assaulted this year, but after the attack decided to turn the other cheek.

“I wanted to be the bigger individual and just stop the beef right there,” he said.

“Dave” believes too many beefs in St. Louis are escalating into deadly gunfire.   He says guns are as available as, “chips at a store.”  He’s pleading with others to settle conflicts in other ways.

“We weren’t born to hate each other.  Love comes naturally,” he said.  “Dave” said if he was in charge of St. Louis, he would raise money for programs to help gang members escape life in the streets.

“I’m just doing this because I’m trying to look out for my generation,” he said.

“Dave” plans on attending college and studying political science.