In response to a deadly two days, in which four people under 21 were killed, East St. Louis, Il., Mayor Alvin Parks announced that a curfew is being enforced effective immediately for the city’s youths, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Parks said teens under 17 will be picked up by police if not in school between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. They will be arrested if out after 10 p.m. without a parent. Other activities also will be restricted, allowing youths only to attend school, after-school programs, church and work unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. He cautioned male residents against wearing royal blue or bright red clothing commonly associated with gangs. They could get picked up, too.
“There should be no reason for our kids to be running to the store,” Parks said. “I know it’s extreme, but right now our children are in danger.” Three young men were fatally shot early Sunday morning in the parking lot of a club after a fight broke out. Two others were treated and released from hospitals for wounds related to the shootout. So far, no arrests have been made. Less than 24 hours later, an 18-year-old was stabbed to death during a dispute. St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said a suspect was charged with first-degree murder.