They left a war torn country for a better life here in the U.S. But now police are confirming violence against Syrians in St. Louis.
Police say a group of teenagers was attacked outside their apartment complex just north of the loop in St. Louis in the 1100 block of Hodiamant.
The family of one of the teens says for the Syrian refugees living in the apartment complex, finding a sense safety has been a struggle in their new St. Louis home.
Their 14-year-old son says he was on his way to study with a friend around 7 p.m. Tuesday when another teen he does not know tried to pick a fight.
They say he tried to avoid any confrontation and was attacked. Friends tried to help and the other teen pulled a gun.
The police report says a total of four Syrian teens, all 15 or younger, were attacked by four unknown suspects - kicked and punched before the alleged attackers ran off.
Through a translator the family says they are still optimistic about life here in the U.S. and St. Louis.
But they have also told the International Institute, which is helping with their resettlement, that they want to move to a new apartment, and in the meantime they would like to see more security at their current place.
Police are investigating the attack.