Musician mentors children at D.C. community center 2 miles away from Sunday shooting

Feb 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Community, Education, Entertainment, News & Features

Strumming his guitar, singing and laughing with a group of pre-schoolers, there’s no question musician Mike Scala has a special bond with children.

“It’s about change. It’s about stepping outside the box,” he says. “Having faith that things will get better, because I think faith is the strongest human emotion.”

Scala’s appearances in D.C. are a way of giving back, after growing up in a rough neighborhood in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

“You grow up in these neighborhoods and these kids know,” the 27-year-old musician says. “You can lose a lot of people along the way and that’s not an easy thing to deal with.”

MPD homicide detectives are now investigating the shooting death of 17-year-old Derronn Stover, fatally wounded Sunday evening along Burns Street, Northeast.

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