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Detroit residents, leaders focus on community healing after deadly mass shooting

Detroit residents, leaders focus on community healing after deadly mass shooting

(CBS DETROIT) – A call to action rises on Detroit’s east side mass shooting over the weekendTheir message is: It takes a village to help our youth distinguish right from wrong.

“We can instill in our youth simple values ​​and morals that we can’t legislate, we can get away with anything, or we can get away with police,” said Detroit City Council President Mary Sheffield.

Dozens of people gathered just a few blocks from the scene of the July 7 unrest, where the city council president explained in detail what it takes to create a safer community.

“Oh man, what if this was your mother, your sister, your niece, your daughter? What would you do then? They know who I’m talking to, man. We gotta start holding people accountable,” one person told the crowd.

The community police reinforcements were shared among the crowd, with even family members of the murdered victims taking time to speak, sharing their tears in the process.

“He was 20 years old. He was shot in the face,” a family member said.

Despite Two people died, 19 were injuredThe effects are so far-reaching that even Detroit Police Commission President Darryl Woods considers how close these situations can be affected.

“My nephew, his sister was shot in this incident; I never shared that with anyone,” Wood said.

A neighborhood party at midnight drew a large crowd when gunshots suddenly rang out. DPD is still investigating what caused the chaos, but the victims included teenagers to late twenties.

One of them is a recent graduate of Michigan State University. His fellow fraternity brothers are joining the call to action, demanding better conflict resolution and community respect.

“Mr. Thornhill had nothing to do with the conflict that occurred, so it’s like I have no enemies here, and to have your life taken like that is a terrible thing,” said Omega Psi Phi member Shawn Hurst.

Authorities announced a larger police presence when news of the block parties broke. Leaders said there was an investigation into 911 calls made before the shooting.

“We want to be open and transparent in this situation. If 911 calls were made, we will investigate that and we will be very transparent with the public,” Woods said.