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A Far Rockaway murder lit the fuse of a longstanding conflict, but a remarkable peace arrived instead
Snug mediated about 70 conflicts. Lance Feurtado estimates that at least a third of those directly or indirectly stemmed from the murder. Without the mediation "it woulda been ugly," says Hill. "It would have been outrageous."
"Just from that killing, might have been 20, 30 bodies out there," says Todd Feurtado. "And the killing might still be going on today."
Snug's funding dried up in June of last year. The Feurtados were forced to leave.
On July 14, 2012, three days before the first anniversary of Ramel Gittens's death, a 22-year-old was shot near the front of Redfern. He survived. The incident stemmed from a personal beef unrelated to the murder. The streak of no shooting victims was broken.
But the truce between front and back was sturdier than that. In the year since, there has been peace at Redfern.
Terrific piece. An exemplary demonstration of what leadership can accomplish. And of course the effort lost its funding. Hey, this is America; that's how we do things.
Let's see how well you'd do in an environment with lead in the buildings and no hope for decent jobs, much less good schools. (In fact, crime overall in the US has gone down as the amount of lead in the environment has gone down: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/lead-crime-link-gasoline )