Caption: Mathis twins show high school students that gang life is a oneway ticket to a coffin or a jail cell., Credit: Candice Ludlow
Image by: Candice Ludlow 
Mathis twins show high school students that gang life is a oneway ticket to a coffin or a jail cell. 

The Mathis Twins Tell Their Story About Their Journey In and Out of Gang Life

From: Candice Ludlow
Series: Gangs in the City
Length: 09:07

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Bryan and Brandon Mathis got involved in the world of gangs and running drugs when they were very young. They tell their story about how they got in and out of gang life. Read the full description.

Mathis_twins_small Bryan and Brandon Mathis got involved in the world of gangs and running drugs when they were very young. They tell their story about how they got in and out of gang life.

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Transcript

WKNO continues its series “Gangs in the City.” Today, Candice Ludlow talks with twins who say they used to terrorize their North Memphis neighborhood. Brandon and Bryan Mathis are lucky because they’ve survived gang life and now they spend their days inside high schools and in community centers showing young people that gang life is a one-way street to nowhere.

The Mathis twins are 28, and they grew up in the Douglas neighborhood of North Memphis. Their journey into the world of gangs started early. Brandon says their father abused them severely.

So that’s how our story started, it started with us getting abused in the house, and because we wanted to cover the scars that we had on us, we started fighting people outside.

And all the while, gaining a reputation. Bryan says it all started out rather innocently.

Bryan – Little dope runs here and there
From the age of 9 that we k...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

WKNO continues its series “Gangs in the City.” Today, Candice Ludlow talks with twins who say they used to terrorize their North Memphis neighborhood. Brandon and Bryan Mathis are lucky because they’ve survived gang life and now they spend their days inside high schools and in community centers showing young people that gang life is a one-way street to nowhere.

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