Mayor: ‘We need citizens involved’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) –  Expressing concern about the latest wave of violence in the city of Youngstown, Mayor John McNally had some words to share about what he thinks the public should do to help police.

McNally said he was shocked and saddened to learn of a 9-year-old girl that was hit by gunfire on the city’s South Side earlier this week, and was disheartened that the community didn’t react more to the incident.

“You need to report what you see, what you hear. Send emails if you have to, call your pastor, call the police,” said McNally.

Also in the last week, there have been two gun deaths. McNally said he expected an increase in violence once the weather got warmer, but the relative quiet of the past three months should not make people less vigilant when they do see something happening.

“I don’t care if it is a 9-year-old or a 40-year-old man or an 80-year-old woman, we all have to help out in this fight to protect each other,” said McNally.

Police have not named a suspect in the shooting of the 9-year-old.

Two brothers were arrested in connection to the murder of Maurise Kerns, 24, who found dead on a porch on Youngstown’s South Side. Bralin and Breandre Allen are facing an aggravated murder charges and are being held on $1 million bond.

Police are still looking for suspects in the Saturday shooting death of Dejuan Neely, 20, who was shot in a car on South Avenue near Interstate 680.

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