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Community members and leaders seek plan to stop violence in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - With a spike in homicides in Albany, many are questioning how best to move forward.

Community members are struggling to find solutions on how to deter crime in Albany. As the city is sailing past last year’s homicide numbers, some community members are saying enough is enough.

“Somebody has to do something, because this is out of control, and I’m mad as Hell,” John Welcome, a resident, said.

The crime wave hitting Albany is hitting home for John Welcome.

“I’ve been mad since Saturday when the boy lost his life. I haven’t slept.”

Welcome says his son was friends with Khalil Barnes; the second murder on Quail and First Streets, the third in Albany less than two weeks.

“Need the support of the people the community and everybody else.”

“We need to come up with ideas, whether it’s community policing, let’s walk our streets. Let’s make sure we target stuff,” Pastor Charlie Muller, a community activist, said.

Sentiments echoed by Pastor Charlie. Solutions including installing cameras to curfews on local corner stores have been suggested.

“There’s no reason why some of these bodegas need to be open 24 hours. There’s no reason. They’re breeding grounds for problems,” Joyce Love, Ward 3 City Council Member, said.

Councilwoman Love is open to suggestions, but says the problem ultimately starts at home.

“Parents, you should not be burying your kids, your kids should be burying you.”

“I wish everyone who hears this message, please come out and be involved in this because this is what we need,” Welcome said.

Love says she plans on canvassing the streets in her district next week to help find a solution.


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