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‘No Slide Zone’ Created to Cut Crime Impacting Kids in DC

FOX 5 DC By Shirin Rajaee Published October 7, 2020

Washington - Recent gun violence in D.C. that has taken the life of innocent young kids is now prompting the launch of a new effort called the: "No Slide Zone."

Far too many neighborhoods in the District have to deal with the aftermath of a shooting. But after the news cameras leave, what's left is trauma and fear especially for young kids, many who are terrified to just step outside and play in their own neighborhoods.

"You're afraid your child will go outside and never come back, maybe get hit by a stray bullet, or be in the wrong place at the wrong time," said mom Keya Strong.

Strong is a D.C. mother of 3 young kids, a 12, 13 and 3 year old. She says her worry about them getting shot is constant.

"I feel it's not safe for them, they can't even go out to the playground...we used to double Dutch in the parking lot we can't do that no more," said Strong.

Vernette Croff is another mom in the South East neighborhood who's on edge.

"I'm most fearful my kids will get caught in the crossfire of a shooting," said Croff.

The shooting of 11 year Davon McNeal and other young children killed in the District, have motivated two community leaders Ronald Whaley and Duane Cunningham to step up.

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