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Friend: Gang suspect made positive impact

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A recent multi-state gang takedown nabbed dozens of people.

More than 30 people allegedly tied to the Gangster Disciples gang were federally indicted.

One of the people charged is Kevin Clayton, also known as OG KK, of Decatur. Authorities said he was the chief enforcer for the the state of Georgia.

CBS46 spoke with Clayton in February. He said he had turned his life around after being a prominent leader in the Gangster Disciples. He was working to encourage current and former gang members to also make a change in their lives. Among the community outreach he was doing was feeding the homeless and neighborhood cleanups.

"He was honest about his life and what he was trying to do in the community," said Omar Howard, who introduced CBS46 to Clayton.

Howard runs a mentoring program and is a motivational speaker and chaplain. He met Clayton when they both spoke to groups of young people.

“We knew what his past was but I also knew what he was trying to do now and in the future and he was trying to change a lot of these young peoples' lives," said Howard.

Howard said he was surprised and saddened to learn about the charges.

“I don’t think that had anything to do with what he is doing now. I think he was genuine with what he was doing. I think he was really trying to reach these young people," he explained. 

Howard said Clayton was in a unique position to positively reach youth because of his background.

“He has enough respect in the community to go out here where some of us can’t go and just strike up a conversation with these young people," he said.

Howard added, “I’m heartbroken man because we need as many people as we can to try to change these kids' lives.”

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