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King for life

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Three years out and in a different town Javier Anaya, 21, still can't walk outside without his hoodie up. "I've been threatened my whole life," Anaya said. From the age of six Anaya has claimed loyalty to the Latin Kings until three years ago when at the age of 19 he walked away. "I've done my share of crime I regret," he said. Growing up in Chicago, Anaya would hang out with his cousin who was a King and introduced him to the gang, but after watching his cousin get killed in 2008 and having a son of his own, Anaya knew it was time to leave. Here he poses for a photo in Aurora on Friday, January 4, 2013. Away from gang life, Anaya aspires to be in law enforcement, "I want to be an officer that can relate to the people on the streets." he said.

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Steve Buyansky

Steve Buyansky is the photo editor for the Sun-Times Media West Group which includes The Beacon-News, The Courier-News and the Naperville Sun. He started as a photographer for the Beacon-News in 1983, became photo editor for The Herald-News in Joliet in 2000 and moved to the Sun-Times Media West office in 2009. He has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Columbia College in Chicago.

Brian Powers

A native of the western suburbs, Brian Powers attended both the College of DuPage and Western Kentucky University for Photography and is continuing his education at the University of The Aurora Beacon News. His professors continue to push him (See Marianne Mather), but he considers himself one of the lucky few who loves going to work everyday....well, ok, most days.

Michael Smart

Michael Smart has been a photographer at The Courier-News/Sun-Times Media for over ten years. Smart grew up in Elgin before heading West to pursue adventures in photography and zoology, earning a bachelor’s degree in both fields. Upon returning to Elgin, he decided to pursue his true passion of photojournalism.

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