Boston gang truce seen as breaking down

UPI | Auggust 16, 2010

BOSTON — A truce between two rival Boston gangs, once hailed as a historic success, has unraveled with the shooting death of a 14-year-old student, authorities say.

Community leaders and police say the shooting of honors student Jaewon Martin in May destroyed the truce negotiated in 2006 between two violent city gangs, the H-Block and the Heath Street gangs, The Boston Globe reported Monday.

Members of the H-Block gang apparently targeted Martin, who had no gang ties, as he hung out on a basketball court frequented by their Heath Street rivals, the newspaper said.

“It’s a shame it didn’t last,” Bob Francis, co-chairman of a local Safety Task Force, said of the truce. “You could see the results when the peace initiative was in place. You could see it in the crime reports. You could see it in the community.”

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