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Community Members Voice Concerns about Recent Violence to Councilors

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Concerns about recent violence in Charlottesville were voiced at the Charlottesville City Council meeting Monday night.

This weekend marked the third homicide of the year in Charlottesville. That's as many as the past two years combined.

Otis Scott, 27, was shot and killed this weekend on Prospect Avenue. It's the most recent shooting in a string of violence over the past couple months in Charlottesville. Police still don't have any suspects, but now the public is once again asking for a stop to the violence.

At Monday’s City Council meeting there was talk of plans to develop a critical response team that deals with the aftermath of such violence.

"We talked about having a community memorandum and understanding between the city and the community that would include clergy, parents and youth groups with a coordinated message that states we are working together,” said Alvin Edwards, council attendee concerned about recent crime.

"This seems to be a trend and individuals are continuously being taken away from our community. It is time for us to stand up and take back our communities and show everyone that we care,” said Wes Bellamy, council attendee concerned about recent crime.

There will be a peace walk on Prospect Avenue in honor of Otis Scott this Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.

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