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Wharton: 'We've got wars going on in our streets'

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Wharton claims the mostly grant-funded "Memphis Gun Down" is working. Wharton claims the mostly grant-funded "Memphis Gun Down" is working.

(WMC-TV) - Youth violence was the focus of a national summit in Washington D.C. Thursday.

Memphians were among those weighing in. It was the third such summit held in the nation's capital.

Mayor A C Wharton says other cities are interested in what is going on in Memphis.

Days after announcing the first-ever nuisance action against an individual gang in Memphis, Wharton returned from talking youth violence in the nation's capital.

"A lot of times the international things get all the attention, but we've got wars going on right here in our streets," said Wharton.

During the justice department's third annual summit on preventing youth violence, attorney General Eric Holder collaborated with Wharton and leaders from other cities about what is being done.

Wharton claims the mostly grant-funded "Memphis Gun Down" is working.

"We haven't made a formal report yet," he said. "But our numbers are really down in terms of gun violence between the ages 17 to 24."

Seventeen-year-old Brianna Taylor of Frayser was among a number of young people on the trip sharing their stories.

"My mother passed away when I was 10, and I've never known a father," said Taylor.

She tweeted:

"Honored to be repressing Memphis at the #nationalforum. Time to find a solution to save our youth."

Wharton says many other cities are looking at what Memphis is doing to decrease violence.

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