From the Chicago Sun-Times
In 1996, Leonardo Lechuga shot an Aurora police officer — just like his father did 22 years earlier.
Lechuga was 24, with a long rap sheet, when he wounded a cop during a car chase.
He and his family were in the Insane Deuces, a street gang with a reputation for violence. Now, he tours the country, speaking about the ills of being a gang member.
Lechuga, now 47 and living in Georgia, recently returned to Aurora, stepping into the police station for the first time since he was arrested for attempted murder nearly a quarter-century ago.
Brought in by school officials through his nonprofit organization Word in the Hood, he shook hands with an undercover gang officer before speaking with a roomful of Spanish-speaking parents about how to keep their kids away from guns, drugs, prison and death.
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