Hometown Heroes 2018: John Fuqua

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J.—John Fuqua lost his nephew and his mother on Christmas Day in 2008. Rakeem, his nephew, was gunned down in a gang-related incident. His mother had a heart attack at the crime scene.

In the years since John has worked to rid the City of Bridgeton of gang violence and help the young men of Bridgeton stay off the streets. In the hopes of teaching conflict-resolution, he works as a speaker with Steered Straight, an organization focused on community outreach, and as a coordinator for the Stronger Families program in Bridgeton.

He recently operated several basketball teams in the city as well—the SAFE League, MAN UP League and the PAL League all with the goal of giving kids and teens a place to engage in a constructive way. About 240 young men participate in the leagues.

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