SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was no ordinary Friday in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood as police watched the area closely, word spread among residents that an 18-year-old was killed just a few hours earlier.
Dennis Brown says it was his cousin. “I just had another cousin who was also gunned down a few weeks ago and so now don’t know what to say, don’t know how we can tackle this; don’t even know if something can be done about this.”
The teen was shot around 1:45 Friday morning near this Racing Mart on Sumner Avenue, that sits between Lyndale and Bryant Streets.
He was found on Bryant St. and taken to the hospital, but later died. This marks the City’s 6th homicide of the year but for people who live in the Forest Park neighborhood they say they can remember a time when there was no crime in their area.
Springfield’s Sheila Menard is one of them. “I’ve been living here for 21 years and the crime has increasingly gotten worse. Within like a half-mile radius, there’ve been shootings, stabbings.”
As police search for the teen’s killer; residents are trying to do what they can to keep it from getting worse.
Chris Howard of Springfield told 22News, “We don’t want to lose our family member too early, careers are being cut short early, kids didn’t even get to see life yet and it’s just so sad to see kids dying so early.”
If you have any question, make sure to call police at 413-787-6355.