The Riverfront Times reports on Marine Villa- the mean streets of South St. Louis, where 19 year-old Jason Laboube was shot while chasing some area drug dealers to get back his drugs and $20. Friends and family of Laboube say he was on the wrong path, but was trying to straighten out his life. None the less, they say he didn't deserve to die. "Marine Villa is a neighborhood in turmoil. Although the incidence of murder and rape has been low since 1998, reports of robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft are rampant." Despite the crime, the city has been encouraging redevelopment in the neighborhood by demolishing homes and building new housing. But the deputy chief of the South Patrol division "acknowledges that the patrol officers may not be cruising the 'hoods as much, he says that's because they are slammed with calls.' The article details Laboube's death in addition to reporting on the Marine Villa neighborhood.
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