Mayor Walsh addresses gang violence; E. Boston’s ‘MS-13’

Parents came out Thursday night to hear the city’s plans to deal with gang violence and it’s impact on kids in school.

The meeting was held at East Boston High, and Mayor Marty Walsh pledged to protect people who live in the area.

Since September there have been several murders in East Boston, including three teenagers.

There was also a shooting in broad daylight at the Maverick T stop back in January.

Just two weeks ago, federal authorities arrested dozens of alleged members of a street gang known as ‘MS-13,’ on charges including murder and drug trafficking.

The arrests raised concern that gang recruitment was going on inside the high school.

Boston’s police commissioner says he’s focused on what’s happening outside the school building.

The District Attorney believes there are 50 to 100 kids in East Boston who are currently considering whether to join ‘MS-13,’ and says people in the community need to be aware of what’s happening.

Mayor Walsh also pointed to programs provided by the city, including ‘operation exit,’ which allows former gang members to get on a  path toward finding a job.

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