It's hard to track down Ameena Matthews. She's constantly on call, always ready to keep conflicts in the city's most dangerous neighborhoods from escalating to homicide. But she wasn't always the one breaking up the fights and trying to keep the peace — Matthews will tell you herself, she didn't think she'd live to see 25, as most of her youth was wrapped up in life on the streets.
Quelling violence on the streets is not just about guns; even petty arguments can push people over the edge. So, some local people, such as CeaseFire's violence interruptors, insert themselves into the midst of altercations to prevent dangerous reactions.