Gang members are blamed for several murders in our area

Knoxville, Tenn. Gang members are blamed for several murders in our area. Gang crime is a growing problem in Tennessee.

Jamar Fraizer is behind bars facing first degree murder charges.
Deputies said Fraizer shot and killed Christopher Melton. They also Local 8 News that Fraizer is an alleged gang member.

Christopher Melton was 19-years-old when he was shot and killed in South Knoxville on July 3, 2012. Melton's family said he was not a part of a gang and he was trying to change his life.

In fear for their safety folks hope investigators crack down on gang activity in their neighborhoods.

"As a mother who's had a son who's been in prison it's a hurtful thing. Our males are dying to drug violence and gang violence fast money leads to a fast death," said community member Tonja Warren.

Reports from the last four years show gang related crimes continue to increase. Bloods are the most violent gang in Knox County. In Memphis, Chattanooga and Nashville- Crips are the most violent.

There are 46 different gang subsets - which are groups that branch from major gangs.

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