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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Earl Cook
The D.C. area's increasingly high-end neighborhoods do not provide a haven from gang violence, police department officials say.
Relatives, friends, and a few hundred unofficial family members turned out in Old Town Alexandria on Sunday to support a police officer critically injured in the line of duty.
Prince George's County police said they are looking for additional suspects believed to be involved in the death of an Alexandria activist whose body was dumped in a Fort Washington well.
An Alexandria community activist was shot before his body was dropped in the Fort Washington well where it was recovered this weekend, police said Monday.
While a persistent regional gang problem is troubling, Chief Cook said it was not immediately clear how much of the crime increase was attributable to gangs.
"They want to live in penthouses and nice neighborhoods like anybody else," Chief Cook said. "They live with everyone else, and they don't leave until the community and the law enforcement work together to force them out."