Columbus officials, residents come together to discuss youth violence

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Tuesday night a wounded community came together to heal. Hundreds of people attended the NBC4 Town Hall, Confronting Youth Violence. It’s an epidemic in this country, with an average of 13 young people dying every day. In Franklin County, dozens of young people are killed every year.

Everyday, Columbus resident Debi Muhammad worries about her kids and grandchildren being victims of senseless violence.

“Anytime they step into the community, everyday I’m worried,” she said. “There’s no name on a bullet. There’s no target. They don’t care what your religious faith is. They don’t care what your color is.”

High school senior Michael Branche knows at least 10 people who have been killed in violent crimes.

“All our shirts, hashtags it’s not enough, we need real solutions,” he said.

One big topic was about the community and police relations. Mayor Ginther said the police and fire departments should reflect the diversity of the city. He said right now, they don’t.

Youth violence is something the people who attended said can’t be ignored. They’ll keep talking until no other parent has to bury a child.

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