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Residents speaking out on violence in Steubenville

Updated: Tuesday, June 10 2014, 05:46 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- While the investigation into a Monday morning shooting outside the Heritage Place Apartments is ongoing, people who live in the area say they don't feel safe.
It was a shooting in which two innocent bystanders were wounded. Some residents are taking a stand to stop the violence and make people aware of what is happening in downtown Steubenville, holding signs that say things like, "Stop, stop hurting our kids, grandkids and innocent people."  
Two more signs were taped around garbage bins inside the Heritage Place Apartment complex on Tuesday.
The shooting hit home for one woman who has four grandkids that live in the apartments. She wants her voice to be heard, while some neighbors just want her to keep quiet.
"They told me to shut my mouth, but I'm not doing it; I'm not shutting my mouth," she said.
Neither is Rev. Joella Williams, founder of Bridging Leadership.
"I would love to not hear one person call me and tell me my son's been dead or my daughter's been killed," Williams said. "I don't want to hear one person call me and tell me, 'Meet me at the hospital somebody has been shot.' "
That's why Williams founded Bridging Leadership, an organization that helps keep kids off the streets and away from crime.
"I want to help children get off the street," Williams said. "I want to help transform them, but if the parents don't allow us to do it, all I have is a black suit for you. I will show up at the funeral. I will be hurt. I will be devastated, but I can't die with you. I cannot die with you. You must decide to save your children's life, and I'm here to help you do that."
The Bridging Leadership organization has close to five free summer events for kids ages 7-17 to advantage of. That number is expected to grow.

Residents speaking out on violence in Steubenville


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