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CIRV program making a difference against street violence

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Many of Cincinnati's shootings and murders are fueled by the need for revenge.

Its part of a cycle of street violence that police and community groups, like CIRV, are trying to break.

By some estimations 9 out of 10 shootings in Cincinnati are motivated by revenge or family dispute.

The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence,or CIRV, is making a difference thanks to work of people like the Reverend Pete Mingo.

"We're working hard to dispel a lot of street myths to basically bring people into realization that violence only promotes more violence," said Mingo.

Mingo is an ex-convict who learned that lesson the hard way. A lesson he passed on to his niece Leslie Mingo who says she lost her son to street violence.

"To have my first born son murdered senselessly in the streets. It was unbearable, but no, I couldn't. I just couldn't do anything about it because I know god is in control. He's an all healing God. He has healed me from many things, but from this I've finally gotten to the point where I forgive," he said.

Mingo preaches that message as pastor of the Christ Temple Full Gospel Missionary Baptist Church. He says part of the problem in a warped sense of what it means to be a man.

"We need to realize that manhood is not about having children. Its about taking care of your children, taking care of your responsibilities," he said.

Mingo says its every citizens responsibility to take a stand against violence.

"We've got to be able to bring neighborhoods together, families together, people together so that they let folks know that you're not going to do this in our neighborhood, you're not going to intimidate us, you're not going to make us hide, you're not going to make us shut up, you're not going to make us just disappear while this is going on around us," he said.

Mingo says he has a message for young people caught up in that cycle of violence.

"What they need to be able to do is find a way to basically validate themselves. You have to show them that....hey you may have not graduated, but you can still go back and get a diploma and then there are jobs available, but you have to be qualified. You have to learn how to study, you have to be willing to sacrifice, you have to be willing to take it step by step," he said.

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