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A Tough Place to Live, A Tough Place to Leave

A Tough Place to Live, A Tough Place to Leave

Ayesha Walker on 'Morning Edition'

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Commentator Ayesha Walker stands next to a Richmond, Calif., town sign. Wilmer Tejada/Youth Radio hide caption

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Homicides and gun assaults have spiked alarmingly in Richmond, Calif., over the last few years.

As shootings become all too familiar, young people face a difficult choice: Should they leave the city to gain opportunity and safety, or stay in a hometown that is both familiar and dangerous?