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Social media changing gang culture around the nation

This image from a July 1, 2017, Facebook post by William Reese, father of Lamanta Reese, on a memorial page for the 19-year-old, after the Reese was fatally shot in Chicago. New law enforcement materials compiled by the Chicago Crime Commission say the embrace of social media by gangs to taunt rivals is the biggest change in how gangs operate compared with 10 years ago. (Facebook via AP)

Lamanta Reese lived much of his gang life in virtual reality, posting videos on YouTube of him and others taunting rivals. He died at age 19 in the real world, bleeding from his head onto a porch on Chicago's South Side after one of those gang rivals, prosecutors say, shot him 11 times. Another possible factor in his slaying: A smiley-face emoji Reese posted that the suspected gunman may have interpreted as a slight about his mom.

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