Minnesotans with Chicago roots speak out on the killings in their hometown
In all of last year Minneapolis tallied a total of 41 murders - Chicago had already eclipsed that number in January of 2013 - and the death toll keeps rising.
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#1 Feb 26, 2013
"Many in the Twin Cities are keeping a watchful eye on what is happening in Chicago. Several African-Americans currently residing in the Twin Cities region have roots in Chicago. The number of transplants is so vast that some have dubbed areas in Minnesota, "North Chicago."
Shereese Turner and Otha Smith are both Chicago transplants living in the Twin Cities. Turner said she escaped Chicago; Smith said he abandoned it.
"Turner moved to Minneapolis in 1995 to get away from the violence in Chicago. During that time, Minneapolis was experiencing an unprecedented spike in violence, but Turner said it was still better than being in Chicago. Turner, who now works with ex-felons to help them adjust to life after prison, said she feared for her three young children and her youngest brother, who was 8-years-old at the time, so she decided to relocate them to Minnesota. According to Turner, the gang lure was too strong to safely raise her family."
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