The Businessmen engage in a prayer before their meeting Tuesday night. From left: Meador, Alonzo Jones, Stringer, Spikes and Lemon. In their younger days, the former gang members got in fights with other area gangs. Some sold drugs and others were arrested for robbery and burglary. Though gun violence was less common in their day, Spikes recalled that illegal firearms were readily available on the street.
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