The Columbia Chronicle

Group helps ease murder rate

By Heather McGraw

April 4, 2011

Within months of being released from prison in 2002, Zale Hoddenbach was approached by a stranger who seemed to know a lot about his life.The man was working for an organization called CeaseFire, a group which interferes in gang violence. He contacted Hoddenbach to recruit him as one of the group’s "violence interrupters". After a few failed attempts, the man finally convinced Hoddenbach to come on a response call. Hoddenba...

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