Santa Maria has been through a rash of violent crime and murders in the past year that has shaken the All-America city.
Six homicides in January of this year followed 13 murders in 2015.
KCOY 12 is committed to bringing you stories of those who are working to make a difference and end the violence on our streets.
Scott Hennessee and Melissa Mahan sat down with three people who are committed to helping young people in the community. Los Prietos Boys Camp Director Laurie Holbrook, Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley Program Specialist Chastity Johnson, and Center for Employment Training Director Gabriel Morales all agree the deadly violence in Santa Maria is the worst they've ever seen in the city. Our next question was, what's changed?