Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girl Lost 6 Friends to Gunfire She, President Make Anti-Crime TV Plea

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girl Lost 6 Friends to Gunfire She, President Make Anti-Crime TV Plea

Article excerpt

A 14-year-old girl who has lost six friends to gunfire joined President Bill Clinton on Thursday to begin a series of anti-crime ads.

"Guns have been a part of my life since the age of 12," the girl, Alicia Brown, said in a halting voice as she fought to maintain her composure. "I know how important it is for me to be here because last week my classmate was shot down."

From the White House, Alicia, an eighth-grader who lives in the most violent neighborhood in Washington, headed for the funeral of Tasha Pitts, 13. Last week, Tasha became the District of Columbia's youngest homicide victim this year.

Clinton and Alicia appear together in one of two public service announcements that the president taped to urge Americans to fight violent crime.

One ad opens with Alicia recalling a fun-filled Friday night that turned into a nightmare when one of her friends was shot to death before her eyes. "There was a knock at the side door," she says in the ad. …

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