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Event calls for action after July 4 violence

By meerna Jul11,2024
Event calls for action after July 4 violence

DETROIT (WXYZ) — “This is a call to action for all Detroiters,” Detroit City Councilmember Latisha Johnson said during Wednesday night’s Stop the Violence event at Edmore Marbud Park on Detroit’s east side.

During the event, elected officials, city leaders and community members prayed for those injured and mourned those killed in the shootings that occurred over the Fourth of July weekend.

“She’s 20 years old. She was shot in the face,” Shanae’s uncle Fletcher said.

Fletcher was one of two people killed Sunday morning at a street party where a total of 21 people were shot.

“The kids were terrified when they heard those tapes,” said Fletcher’s uncle, Q. “I’ve never experienced anything like that.”

The shooting occurred just a few blocks from East Park, where the incident occurred on Wednesday.

VIDEO: Shootings at illegal street parties in Detroit over July 4 weekend leave 3 dead, 24 injured

Illegal street parties in Detroit over July 4th weekend left 3 dead and 24 injured

“I am still devastated by what happened,” said Detroit City Council Speaker Mary Sheffield. “The community should be devastated by what happened.”

The event was organised by Sheffield and focused on violence intervention programmes and resources available in the communities.

“We’re showing the youth that you don’t solve conflicts by taking out a gun, you don’t solve disputes by taking out a gun,” Sheffield said.

“It’s okay to disagree,” said Shawn Hurst, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. “We won’t always agree on everything, but taking someone’s life is not okay.”

Hurst is one of many fraternity brothers showing support for Jordan Thornhill. 22-year-old dies at another street party on the west side, the night of the Fourth of July. He had recently graduated from Michigan State University, where he had been a member of the same fraternity and the same chapter as Hurst.

VIDEO: Recent MSU grad among those killed at Fourth of July block parties in Detroit

MSU Graduate Shot to Death at Street Party

“You can look at the age ranges of people here,” Hurst said, looking around the group. “It doesn’t matter how old you are in the fraternity or how young you are in the fraternity. We are brothers and we are united.”

The night Thornhill was shot, Detroit police reported 10 shootings with 13 victims. Many of them shootings took place at block parties. During Wednesday’s rally, not only were the dead and wounded paid tribute, but an oath was also taken to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

“This is not a call to action to shut down block parties. This is a call to action to keep the community safe and have legal block parties,” said community activist and violence intervention specialist Ray Winans.

VIDEO: Detroit Street Parties Must Get City Approval. Here’s How It Works

Street parties in Detroit must get city approval. Here’s how it works

“Are we going to fix this sh*t or not?” Fletcher’s uncle Q said at the event. “Don’t have this press conference just to talk about it, because tomorrow it’s over and everyone goes back to their lives.”

Eleven of the 19 people hospitalized in Saturday’s shooting have been discharged from hospital. No one is in custody at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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