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Jamail Johnson’s killing sparks formation of Guardian Angels chapter in Valley



Published: Sun, February 13, 2011 @ 8:24 p.m.

By William K. Alcorn

alcorn@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The Alliance of Guardian Angels plans to have “boots on the ground” patrolling streets in Youngstown and Warren by next weekend.

In addition, a Youngstown/Warren Guardian Angels chapter will be in place in three to four months, said Curtis Sliwa, founder of the public safety organization that put its first patrol on the streets of the Bronx, N.Y., 32 years ago Sunday, .

Sliwa was in Youngstown this weekend just a week after Jamail E. Johnson, 25, was shot to death and 11 others were wounded at an off-campus party near Youngstown State University.

A Celebration of Life ceremony for Johnson, a YSU student, took place Saturday in the university’s Beeghly Center.

The next steps for the Guardian Angels are to establish a working relationship with Youngstown and Warren law enforcement organizations and begin recruit to members for the Youngstown/Warren chapter, he said.

In the meantime, Sliwa said members of New Castle, Pa., and Cleveland chapters will patrol here on weekends in their signature red jackets and berets and begin the three-month training of recruits.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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