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Officials: Youth Gang to Blame in 6 Wilmington Murder Cases

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- Members of a Wilmington youth gang are believed to be responsible for six murders in the crime-ridden city over the past three years, authorities said Friday in announcing a 91-count indictment against 13 teens and young adults.
    
The indictment alleges that members of the Touch Money Gang, or TMG, currently ranging in age from 15 to 23, also committed a host of other crimes, including assault, robbery, attempted murder and drug dealing.
    
"Everyone knows that the streets of Wilmington have been the scene of too much violence over the last few years," said Attorney General Matt Denn. "What some may not know, and what they may be surprised by, is who is committing the violence. Increasingly, it is teenagers and very young adults acting together to commit violent crimes and terrorizing neighborhoods as they do so."
    
Denn said state, local and federal officials spent months investigating the gang, but he declined to provide details of how they were able to link gang members to the killings or what evidence was gathered.
    
Officials say all 13 defendants, who are in custody, are charged with gang participation and seven are charged with murder. All are charged as adults. It was not immediately clear whether any of the defendants, who were indicted last week by a New Castle County grand jury, have attorneys.
    
Shareece White, whose 18-year-old son, William Rollins VI, was shot to death in January 2015, urged youngsters growing up on the streets of Wilmington to help authorities combat violent crime.
    
"For the kids that have something to say, please speak up. It's not snitching," she said. "Save your own life, because they know that you know. They're coming for you. So save your own life."
    
According to the indictment, many of the defendants are prohibited from possessing guns because of previous crimes committed as juveniles and for which they were adjudicated as delinquent in Family Court.

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