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MOVING TO UNITE BLACKS AND LATINOS IN A NEIGHBORHOOD PLAGUED BY FEAR

Activists enter turf in Harbor Gateway claimed by a gang linked to a girl’s racist killing. By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times

As he stood across the street from where a 14-year-old girl was slain in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles, Ruben Villarreal took a chance Saturday.

When community activists came to his home, he agreed to sign up his family for a mentoring program to bring African American and Latino families together.

In many places, residents of the working-class community wouldn’t think twice about such programs. But in this narrow strip of the city, which connects South Los Angeles to the harbor area, Latino gang members have targeted blacks as well as Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants.

"It’s getting worse," said Villarreal, who has lived in his single-story home near 206th Street and Harvard Boulevard for 30 years. "We have to try something."

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