ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Pierre Childs, Chauncey Brown, James Moore are all friends who will never grow up. The 16-year-olds were boys on the verge of manhood. They were denied a future. Chauncey had been offered a spot an exchange student program.
“He was going to Italy, France and London next year. Instead of raising money to bury him and all those things, I wish we could have been raising to get him there.” said Chauncey Brown’s mother Deadra Rounds.
Sumner High School sophomore Chauncey Brown was fatally shot on September 27th after leaving a teen dance club. His mother thinks it may go back to a middle school feud.
“My son came out of the building and for whatever reason this young boy is who they do have in custody now, he was the shooter. From my understanding I didn`t think he knew my son. I think he was a relative of the little boy he had the fight with.” said Deadra Rounds.
Within three and a half weeks James Moore who had been with Chauncey that night was shot dead while waiting for his school bus. Now his family is shedding tears.
Better Family Life Vice President James Clark is a fierce advocate for teens who have lost their way.
“This subculture of violence has been born and is now growing at a feverish pace in our neighborhoods. Our young people are bombarded with it and they face it everyday.” said James Clark. “We`re talking about young men and women who lose their lives over a posting on Facebook.”
Clark wants to duplicate the hot spot policing model with hot spot resource delivery for violent neighborhoods. The programs offer mentoring, parenting skills and anger management training plus positive activities to turn young lives around.