RALEIGH – AJ Jones is 14 years old and a member of the gang Blood StoneVillains. ABC 11 caught him crying after a presentation where Jones and gang-affiliated members of the Crips, Bloods, Folks, 52hoovers and 74hoovers told students at Torchlight Academy they want to make a change and stop the violence in their community.
Although AJ did not want to explain why he was emotional, it may have been an internal struggle: AJ is committed to his gang affliation – but also wants to keep his peers from joining.
During the presentation, Diane Powell, a community activist read a statement from the gang members. “We the members of an organized organization hereby issue a declaration to unite together for our community and our youth.”
The declaration is a personal and individual choice from each to be a better example to the children.