The violence in Wilmington has received national attention at various points over the last few years, such as a Newsweek feature that billed the city as “Murdertown, USA” and a segment on NPR’s All Things Considered, both in 2014. But things have continued to get worse; the News Journal/USA Today and the Associated Press reported last year that Wilmington was the most dangerous place for 12 to 17 year olds in the country, with a rate of 3.4 kids injured or killed per 1,000 from 2014 to mid 2017— a rate nearly twice as high as Chicago’s, which had the second-highest rate on the list, and more than double that of the similarly sized Trenton, NJ, which had the fourth-highest.

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