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Isiah Thomas says youth violence prevention needed

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:00 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Hall of fame basketball player Isiah Thomas was in Chicago to hear first lady Michelle Obama address youth violence.

Thomas grew up in Chicago public housing and has been involved in violence prevention programs, like youth basketball leagues. He said after the first lady spoke Wednesday that the programs are critical to reducing violence. Thomas says the teens don't see each other as rival gang members, instead they see other as people. Thomas says it's hard to shoot someone whom you've played basketball with.

Obama was in Chicago to support an initiative from Mayor Rahm Emanuel to raise private money to pay for programs to help at-risk youth.

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