March 10th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Bearing witness to hurt in Hollenbeck

Editor's Note: This week we're reporting on the impact of gang violence on a community in Los Angeles called Hollenbeck. We were here five years ago talking to cops, criminals and crusaders about what the violence that plagued the neighborhood. We decided to go back, to follow up on what's changed and the progress that's been made to improve the situation. Take a look at these behind-the-scenes photos.

Former gang member Richard Moya talks to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the cycle of gang violence in the Hollenbeck community of Los Angeles

The Hollenbeck community is a fifteen square mile area east of downtown Los Angeles. There are 34 gangs here with an estimated 6,800 members.

Angel Candia and his younger brother Ronald Brock were killed in a gang related shooting in the same year. Police believe Ronald was killed in a case of mistaken identity. Ronald was a U.S. Marine. Angel was a gang member.

Soledad Brock poses with her two sons Ronald Brock and Angel Candia. Ronald was about to deploy overseas when he was fatally wounded in a gang related shooting.

Private First Class Ronald Brock

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  1. Denise Barlow

    Seeing these photos just comfirms to me....life isn't fair. It takes away the good and keeps throwing the bad stuff at us.

    March 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm |