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Toronto Star: Toronto youth worker Lekan Olawoye looks to community as unsolved murders mount

As the average age of shooting homicide victims gets younger and the city considers sweeping changes to tackle the roots of violence, police and youth workers are looking to the community for help — and leadership.

"We have some soul-searching to do," said For Youth Initiative’s executive director, Lekan Olawoye. "This can not just hang at city hall ... This is a community issue."

Olawoye said watching youth violence take its toll has pushed him to run for the job of Ward 12 councillor in the upcoming municipal election.

He once worked with Leonard Fullerton, 26, as a teen, before Fullerton was shot dead on a street corner one fall afternoon in 2012.

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