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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A St. Louis Alderman whose emotional words after the murder of his nephew captured the attention of a city, is speaking out again. In July Alderman Jeffrey Boyd walked the streets in grief and outrage after his nephew Rashad Farmer was gunned down.

"We have resources in our city. I'm tired of people saying they have nothing to do. There's plenty to do besides shoot and kill each other. It's sad and it's sickening." said Alderman Jeffrey Boyd.

Now Alderman Boyd takes another walk with FOX 2. He says there is a big part of the message people are missing.

"When I wake up in the morning, I often have anxieties about `will I hear a story about there was a murder, there was some tragedy that occurred in my ward." said Alderman Jeffrey Boyd.

In July the tragedy was not just in his ward, it was in his family. Alderman Jeffery Boyd`s 23-year old nephew, Rashad Farmer, was gunned down on Lotus near Goodfellow. It was a tipping point for Farmer`s uncle.

"We're not marching when they're killing each other out in the street. Let`s march for that." said Boyd. "I just want to be able to wake up where I have signs of hope."

Now he`s shining a light on the hope blossoming in his ward on Martin Luther King drive. There are signs.

Boyd says a $34 million dollar Arlington Grove development in 2012 was sparked by the $8 million Dollar Friendly Temple Expansion. He is putting $300,000 into two buildings up the street for events and entertainment. $100,000 is being put into his privately funded ward office. Block grants from the city will pay to restore the historic Wellston Loop building.

Boyd senses a pride among the people here that runs deeper even than hopelessness.

"When you start building new houses and business, you get rid of all this slum and blight, then it moves out. It`s like shining a spotlight on it. People don`t want the spotlight on them if they`re doing bad." said Alderman Jeffrey Boyd.

Boyd grew up in the ward. He had a successful career in the army and now in real estate development. He says now is the time for investors to "get in" in his ward. A small risk has the potential for big rewards.

His nephew's murder is still unsolved. There's a $10,000 reward. Call CrimeStoppers if you have any information.