In 2007, 30 people were homicide victims in Newport News, Va., a 50 percent increase over 2006.
Most of the deaths happened in the East End, a predominantly poor,
African-American section of town.
Police have said that a culture of “no snitching” has hindered their efforts to arrest suspects in many of the killings.
Residents of East End feel isolated from the rest of the city. With no banks, large grocery stores, dry cleaners, movie theaters or shopping centers, they are forced to leave the area for basic services. This isolation has given many a strong sense of community, a distrust of the motives of the police and city government as well as fear of retaliation if they do come forward with information.
19-year-old Travis spends his days watching the street.
At Sam's Barbershop everyone has an opinion on gangs, no snitching, the police and living in the East End.
Community activist Bernard Robinson explains the East End.
Asnistine Patrick sees the differences between 40 years ago and today.
Newport News police meet with East End residents.
As part of their program to make the East End safer, Newport News police buy back guns.