Stopping the violence among young people

6 of 14 murder victims this year were 25 or younger

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police continue to search for a man who shot and killed a teenager on Monday. That shooting death is one of six murders involving victims under the age of 25 in Springfield.

On Columbus Day, 19-year-old Joseph Gorecki was shot and killed on Nursery Street in Springfield. His death marked Springfield’s 14th homicide this year. Most of those 14 murder victims ranged in age from 18 to 29. Six were 25 or younger.

Reynaldo Pagan of Springfield said, “Yeah, that does bother me. There’s some fear there. Well a lot of fear actually.”

Three of the victims had recently graduated from high school. Caleb Daniels and Tavis Humphrey-Frazer went to Putnam Vocational. Gorecki went to Minnechaug Regional. These murder victims’ former classmates took to Twitter to mourn their loss. Some shared their favorite memories. Many called these murders “tragic losses of young lives.”

Springfield Police detectives said an argument led to a shooting in Daniels’ death. Police think drugs were involved in Gorecki’s death. People told 22News stronger family bonds can help stop the violence.

Armando Olivares started an organization called ‘One Spr1ngfield; Young People Stand Up.’ He told 22News, “They need to develop strong relationships with their child, so the child can confide in their own parents and tell them what’s going on, who they are with and for what reasons are those people around them.”

Georgiana Hart of Springfield said, “I think that parents have to step up and take responsibility, keep their children off the streets, teach them self-respect and teach them respect for others.”

Anyone with information on unsolved murders should contact the detective bureau at 413-787-6355.

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