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Chicago crime spurt blamed on upbringing

Former gang members say rising crime is due to lack of proper father figures among African Americans.

Last Modified: 27 Sep 2013 11:41
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Chicago's rising crime rate is on the agenda of a meeting of community leaders this weekend. The city has more murders than New York.

But former gang members have a different take on the problem. They say that most of the violence is not caused by gangs, but rather a poor upbringing due to a serious lack of proper father figures among African Americans.

Al Jazeera's John Hendren reports from Chicago.

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