Letter to the Editor | Take steps to stop local gun violence

Letter to the Editor | Take steps to stop local gun violence

Due to recent gun violence, a 50-year-old man was shot and killed, initiated from a fistfight, and just a week later, a teenager shot in the head and killed in the Garden Hills area.

Two murders in just two weeks and no one in custody. They know who killed the 50-year-old man, but no arrest yet.

These shootings are happening in daylight and in the early nighttime, and spectators do not want to testify about what they saw.

I can understand why a witness would not talk in fear of safety because this is a small town; open your mouth about a murder and you could possibly be in danger. If the suspect is aware that someone's testimony can possibly get them convicted, they may have friends retaliate.

That is where some protective service needs to be in place, that is where law officials have to make sure that if someone wants to come forward anonymously, they will remain anonymous.

Furthermore, a real change starts at home. Fathers need to be active and involved and so do mothers. Many of these children are hurt, and some are a product of their environment. There needs to be more programs for children for all ages.

If we have to march daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, something. There can be a change, but we have to stop talking about it and be about it.

KEISHA CARTHEN

Champaign