Teenagers accused in murder to be tried as adults; officials deal with gang violence - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Teenagers accused in murder to be tried as adults; officials deal with gang violence

Two teenagers held in connection a deadly shooting that claimed the life of a 13-year-old girl will be tried as adults.

Shareika Goodman and Corey Yancey are held without bond. Police say the two were involved in an argument that ended in gunfire and the death of 13-year-old Melissa Robinson.

Police say the fight started between two rival neighborhood gangs, groups some say make the war on crime tough to fight.

Many native Memphians will tell you there's always been tension between Binghampton and Orange Mound, but gang expert Lieutenant Ronnie Thompson says it's important not to confuse neighborhood gangs with well-formed gangs like the Crips or Gangster Disciples.

"The thing about it is, you can go to North Memphis or South Memphis and talk to the same set of Gangster Disciples and their philosophy is different," he said.

To make their mark, Thompson says these small gangs tend to be more volatile. "You have different factions doing their thing, so there is no one head that controls all these little gangs."

It results kids using violence because they see it everyday and think it's cool. Binghampton resident Lorenda Thomas says the answer lies with adults. "If grown folks started acting like they had a little sense, maybe the kids wouldn't be doing what they're doing," she said.

Lt. Thompson says the best way to stop violence in your home is to pay attention to your children by looking in their rooms and their cloths for signs they are involved in illegal activities.

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