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Conference in Wilmington to Stop the Violence



    Wilmington city leaders will gather tonight to try and end the violence in their town. (Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014)

    Residents of one city in Delaware are dealing with extreme acts of violence every day and are finally ready to do something about it.

    “You get tired of hearing about the shootings in Wilmington; you get tired of the situations that nobody is willing to stand up for,” said 19-year-old Keith James.

    James is the director of a community outreach program called Operations of Keys to Success. He, along with many other young people, are at the front line of this change because they say it is their job to discourage future violence.

    “Everyone aspires to be P. Diddy or Jay Z, but no one wants to aspire to be Martin Luther King or Malcolm X,” James said.

    Chief of Police Bobby Cummings, along with other city leaders and community groups, are holding a conference calling for the end to violence in Wilmington.

    Recent crime has led community activists to bring awareness to the ongoing brutality in Wilmington.  In the past month, a woman was killed when she was struck by a stray bullet and a aburn victim's fundraiser came to an end when shots were fired.

    The press conference will be held at the Parkway Academy North at  304 S. Harrison St. from 5 p.m. to 6p.m. Tuesday. 

    The event aims to put the city on the right track by focusing on three major issues seen within the community: drug use, violence, and mental illness awareness.