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Chattanooga set to tell gangs: Put down the guns or take your chances in prison

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

With ventilator tubes hissing and pushing oxygen into her lungs, Keoshia Ford flutters her eyelids. She occasionally grunts. Her foot wiggles, a tiny victory in a still life.

Her bedroom, decorated with Hello Kitty stickers, resembles a young girl's room. But 15-year-old Keoshia, or as her mother calls her, KeKe, is growing into a woman while lying in a hospital bed.

Monday will mark the two-year anniversary since KeKe, an innocent bystander, was shot in the head in an eruption of gang violence.

Later this month, Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative will roll out after months of preparation.

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