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True Blue Soldiers has community on edge

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

A man who wishes to keep his identity a secret said his neighborhoods in the GasLight Village area is no stranger to gang activity.

"I know a lot of people around here that are affiliated and they have done things like a bunch of my friends are in jail now because of that," he said.

One gang that he said is dangerous is the True Blue Soldiers, the same gang police said Tyler Thornburg and Richard McLaughlin were members of and responsible for two beating deaths this summer.

Police also said they don't think Lincoln has a huge gang problem compared to other places.

"We have gangs and we have gangs in Lincoln that do commit crime. Do we have the crime level that other communities have with gangs? No," Lincoln Police Dept. Chief Jim Peschong said.

Some neighbors between Gas Light Village and Woodlawn Estates claim they've seen very little gang activity lately.

One woman who wished to remain anonymous said the last time she saw any trouble was nearly three years ago.

"I've just seen them come around and put that paint on the backs or sides of the  mobile homes," she said.

But our other source said it's more apparent than you might think

"Just don't wear the wrong color I guess.. there's a lot of blue around here," he said.


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