SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – There have been 10 homicides in Springfield, so far this year. The latest Tuesday afternoon, where police found a 28-year-old man shot to death in a car on Sycamore Street. Police have made no arrests nor named any suspects.
In the last month, there have been two daytime shootings, right around the time kids were getting out of school. One parent attributes the violence to lack of role models.
“We’re suppose to be the older role models and we’re afraid. So we see these thugs and we look at them like thugs, we cross the street. So they’re stuck. They have nobody telling them, ‘I love you.’ They don’t have that,” said Darrell Coppedge of Chicopee.
Coppedge was born and raised in the McKnight area, where two of the city’s 10 homicides happened, just blocks away from a Boys and Girls Club.
Despite crime happening all around the Boys and Girls Club on Acorn street, their mission is to solely protect its residents and community. A mission they firmly stand behind, according to Director of Operations Diana Christopher.
“This is the safe haven. So it’s not making me unsafe to be here, at all. We have all of our particulars in place, which we need to keep ourselves, as well as the children who come here safe,” said Christopher.
She told 22News, there’s concern, but not fear. Springfield Boys and Girls clubs have partnered to create a midnight basketball tournament to help keep kids off the street and safe.